At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our orthopedic oncology department provides treatment options to patients with malignant musculoskeletal diseases or those experiencing orthopedic problems that may result from cancer. Orthopedic oncologists treat primary bone and soft tissue sarcomas, as well as metastatic cancers that start somewhere else in the body and spread to the bone. With years of experience and training, our orthopedic oncologists in Philadelphia are well-versed in the complexities of musculoskeletal tumors.
Dr. Richard Schmidt, MD, is one of the orthopedic oncologists on the medical staff at our Philadelphia hospital and is internationally recognized for his expertise in orthopedic cancers. The Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology at CTCA® in Pennsylvania, Dr. Schmidt is board certified and has extensive expertise with limb salvage surgery. He brings over 20 years of experience to his patients with sarcomas and metastatic cancer to the bone.
At Eastern in Philadelphia, our doctors and clinicians first determine the stage, type and location of the cancer. After a review of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam, further diagnostic tests may be ordered to determine the diagnosis. The orthopedic oncologist will discuss the treatment options available to you and recommend a treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs. For some patients, surgery may be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Your care team may also include supportive therapists, such as a registered dietitian, a pain management physician, a spiritual support provider, an acupuncturist and/or a chiropractor. These clinicians offering evidence-based supportive therapies work closely with the medical experts on your care team to not just treat the cancer, but support your overall well-being and quality of life.