The Orthopedic Oncology Program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides specialized cancer treatment for all malignant musculoskeletal diseases. This includes all primary bone and soft tissue sarcomas, as well as metastatic cancers that start somewhere else in the body and spread to the bone.
The following are some orthopedic oncology procedures:
- Soft tissue excisions/resections
- Joint replacement, hip replacement
- Limb salvage surgery
- Amputation (if necessary)
- Bone grafting
- Rodding/rod fixation (i.e., placing metal rods in bones to prevent them from breaking)
- Implants (e.g., metal implants, prosthesis), transplants
- Reconstructive surgery
- Palliative surgery (to relieve symptoms)
The program also addresses orthopedic problems (e.g., arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.) that may occur alongside cancer and/or its treatment. For instance, if you have breast cancer or multiple myeloma and require a knee or hip replacement for arthritis, CTCA can treat both conditions.
The team also provides orthopedic surgeries unrelated to cancer for CTCA patients. “Patients with cancer deserve a specialist in orthopedics too. If you have cancer, you can come to CTCA for your orthopedic needs. For many, it’s the start of a new beginning,” says Dr. Richard Schmidt, Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center.
Moreover, the goal of the program is to help you fight cancer, while also helping to relieve pain, preserve mobility and improve your overall quality of life.