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Musculoskeletal Surgical Oncology Play this video to hear how we deliver Musculoskeletal cancer care. Advanced and highly effective sarcoma care is an important part of cancer treatment at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. The oncology experts offer sarcoma care that is technologically advanced and carefully tailored to each patient’s needs.

The team understands how upsetting a suspected cancer case can be for patients. We make every effort to schedule new patient appointments as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours of the initial contact.

UH Seidman Cancer Center treats bone and soft tissue sarcomas, including the most complex and unusual types of the condition. Each patient receives a treatment plan developed by a panel of physicians from a variety of specialties. These physicians comprise the Sarcoma Tumor Board. The team includes:

  • Orthopaedic oncologists: doctors specializing in bone cancer and the soft tissues of the extremities
  • Surgical oncologists: general surgeons specializing in cancer
  • Thoracic surgeons: surgeons specializing in the chest and lungs
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons: soft tissue restoration
  • Radiation oncologists: doctors experienced in using radiation
  • Medical oncologists: doctors specializing in cancer treatment through chemotherapy
  • Pathologists: doctors who specialize in reviewing tumors cells from biopsy testing
  • Pediatric oncologists: cancer doctors focused on caring for children
  • Skeletal/muscle radiologists: these doctors evaluate advanced imaging studies
Sarcoma Treatment Technologies

A sarcoma diagnosis usually involves:

  • A physical exam by a sarcoma specialist
  • Imaging studies, such as: X-rays, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Biopsy

Sarcoma treatment often involves surgery. Depending on the type of sarcoma, treatment might also include killing cancer cells with radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs.

UH Seidman Cancer Center’s team uses powerful and effective technologies to treat sarcoma, including:

  • Intraoperative Electron Radiation Therapy (IOERT): This innovative radiation therapy is administered in the operating room, during surgery. It can decrease the risk of complications and recurrence. IORT is available at only a handful of hospitals nationwide.
  • CyberKnife®: This technology is painless and noninvasive. It pinpoints and destroys tumors using tightly focused radiation that is delivered using robotics.
  • Limb-sparing surgery: This technique is used to treat bone and soft tissue sarcoma without amputation.
  • Proton Therapy

The oncology and surgery teams at UH Seidman Cancer Center are well respected and accomplished in novel techniques. They are at the forefront of limb-sparing surgery. In decades past, an extreme case of a sarcoma diagnosis often led to amputation as the most effective treatment. Today, UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians have refined surgical treatment to optimize limb function. Saving the affected limb is always the priority, especially in children. Limb-sparing surgery is performed with a full array of reconstructive options for bone sarcomas as needed including large metallic reconstruction, high-performance surgical prosthetics and bone and soft tissue transplantation. Under the best circumstances, sarcoma patients treated with limb-sparing surgery techniques can return to nearly normal daily activities.

Sarcoma Treatment for Children

Sarcoma accounts for 15 percent of all pediatric cancers. University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is specially staffed and equipped to treat children with all types of cancer, including sarcoma.

Sarcoma accounts for 15 percent of all pediatric cancers. The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is specially staffed and equipped to treat children with all types of cancer, including sarcoma.

Each pediatric patient has a team of specialists working to plan the most effective treatment. The team works cooperatively, combining decades of experience and expertise across many disciplines. The Pediatric Tumor Board meets to devise a strategy for each patient's unique challenges. Treatment options include the most up-to-date chemotherapy protocols and advanced clinical trials in search of novel solutions.

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