Treatment of musculoskeletal tumors varies depending on many factors,
including whether the tumor is benign or cancerous, the specific tissue
or cell type of the tumor, the tumor’s location and size,
and—importantly—the behavior of the tumor. Treatment methods include:
At the Musculoskeletal Tumor Center, specialists in orthopedic surgical
oncology, pathology, radiology, medical and radiation oncology, and
other disciplines work closely to provide a tailored treatment plan for
each patient. When possible, cure is the first goal of treatment.
Achieving a good functional outcome and the highest-possible quality of
life are additional goals, whether or not cure can be attained.
Treatment of Benign Tumors
Some nonaggressive (“well behaved”) benign tumors can be watched.
Aggressive benign tumors usually need to be treated. Most benign bone
and soft tissue tumors can be cured by surgically removing the tumor.
Treatment of Sarcomas
Sarcomas are challenging tumors that typically require surgery combined
with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. It is particularly important
to tailor treatment for sarcomas, as each of these tumor types responds
differently to various methods of treatment.
For example, although osteosarcoma
are both bone sarcomas, chondrosarcoma generally does not
respond to chemotherapy, whereas chemotherapy is a major
component of curative treatment for osteosarcoma.
Research shows that soft tissue sarcomas also vary in their
response to different treatments. This variability depends on
the specific subtype and growth pattern of the tumor. Although
surgery remains the main form of treatment, specialized
pathology tests now allow tumors to be classified as more or
less sensitive to chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
If a sarcoma has invaded neighboring tissue or has spread to distant
sites, the treatment combination usually is different or more intense
than if a sarcoma is small and confined to the bone or soft tissue in
which it formed.
To schedule an appointment at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Center, call
866.CALL.MLH or use the online
appointment request form. Instructions for new patients are
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