Orthopedic oncology is a field of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal system cancers. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), orthopedic oncologists treat primary bone cancers, soft tissue sarcoma, metastatic cancers that have spread to the bone and other orthopedic issues caused by cancer. Bone cancer and sarcoma may require a combination of treatments and therapies. Our orthopedic oncologists may use targeted procedures to remove tumors or reconstruct bone. These treatments and therapies are also designed to help restore limb mobility, enhance function and manage pain.
Primary bone tumors are rare, so it is important for patients to seek out orthopedic oncologists with extensive training and experience in this particular cancer type. Several years of additional, targeted training means our orthopedic oncologists are well-versed in the complexities of bone cancer and soft tissue sarcomas.
At CTCA®, our orthopedic oncology department uses an individualized treatment approach to diagnose and treat each patient. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and procedures to determine the type, location and stage of the tumor. An orthopedic oncologist will work closely with you to deliver a treatment plan designed for you and your specific cancer. Standard treatment options for orthopedic cancers may include joint or hip replacements, bone grafting, soft tissue excisions or resections, implants and reconstructive surgery. When necessary, the orthopedic oncologist may recommend limb salvage surgery or amputation. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are also available to rebuild cracked or collapsed vertebrae.
Musculoskeletal tumors and cancer treatments may cause side effects like pain and loss of mobility. Working with a multi-disciplinary integrative care team, orthopedic oncologists may recommend evidence-based supportive therapies to combat cancer-related side effects and restore your independence.