Orthopedic oncology is a field of medicine focused on malignant musculoskeletal diseases. These complex cancers include primary bone, metastatic bone and soft tissue sarcoma. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, our orthopedic oncology team works in concert with other doctors and clinicians to diagnose cancer and recommend individualized treatment plans specific to each patient.
At our hospital in Chicago, a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and clinicians provide a comprehensive evaluation of our patients with musculoskeletal tumors. Our doctors use cutting-edge techniques and diagnostic tests to determine the type of cancer and stage of the disease. There are a number of treatment options available at our Illinois cancer center, located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Our doctors and clinicians work together, all under one roof, to determine an appropriate course of recommended treatment for bone-related cancers. Some of the orthopedic oncology treatment options available at CTCA® Chicago include bone grafting, placing metal rods, soft tissue excisions or resections, joint replacements, implants and reconstructive surgery.
With a limited number of orthopedic oncologists available in the country, our Chicago hospital is proud to have Dr. Richard Schmidt, MD, on the medical staff. As Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology, Dr. Schmidt has expertise in treating sarcomas, including cancer of the bone and soft tissue, and metastatic cancer to the bone. Dr. Schmidt is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and brings over 20 years of experience to our cancer center in Zion, Illinois. He works closely with an extended care team that also includes a medical oncologist, oncology nurse and care manager. Depending on each patient’s individual needs, the care team may also include a registered dietician, naturopathic provider and pain management physician.