Scat is dedicated to the advancement of bone cancer research, raising awareness, providing the best possible care and support at each stage of treatment and to improving the quality of life for all patients.

Bone Cancer

Bone cancer has many forms, all of them rare and difficult to diagnose. Some types are specific to children, adolescents and young adults while other forms occur predominantly in the adult population. Because of the rarity and difficulty in diagnosis, once suspected, all bone cancers should be referred to a specialist centre for immediate investigation. 


Our surgeons work with a dedicated team of oncologists and other specialists to provide a special package of care for each patient which may include: investigation and staging, chemotherapy, surgical removal of the tumour and radiotherapy. Certain tumours may require amputation of a whole or part of a limb. The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is a pioneering centre for the continuing development of limb sparing surgery (an alternative to amputation). Such surgery may use custom made metal implants (prostheses) to replace the bone and/or joint. These metal implants can now be lengthened without surgery to match normal growth in young people.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Scat’s head office is located at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust in Stanmore and emphasises our close relationship with this bone cancer specialist unit.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital links with the University College London Hospitals to form the London Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service. The Service is recognised on a national and international level as a centre of excellence for the diagnosis and management of primary bone and soft tissue cancers.

Primary bone cancer affects teenagers and young adults in the prime of their lives. I am a surgeon in one of the UK’s five dedicated bone cancer units and I see these patients and their families every week. Primary bone cancer is treatable but the cure rate is currently only 60% and we need to do better!
— Rob Pollock, SCAT Surgeon


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