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Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 312648, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/312648
Review Article

‘‘Two-Week Waits’’—Are They Leading to Earlier Diagnosis of Soft-Tissue Sarcomas?

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Bristol Road South, Birmingham B31 2AP, UK

Received 30 June 2010; Accepted 6 September 2010

Academic Editor: Martin H. Robinson

Copyright © 2010 W. St. J. Taylor et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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