Frequently Asked Oncology Questions

What is Musculoskeletal Oncology?


The evaluation and management of extremity tumors with an orthopedic perspective. This means comining the tenants of tumor surgery while maximizing function and preserving limbs in most cases.




Do you see patients with pelvic and spine tumors?


Yes. The spine and pelvis are the most common musculoskeletal areas affected by metastatic carcinomas. They are also a frequent location for primary bone cancers and soft tissue sarcomas.




Do you treat both adults & children?


Yes. From infants with rhabdomyosarcoma to octogenarians with metastatic cancer of the bones, we see patients of all ages.




Do you treat benign tumors?


Absolutely. Benign tumors such as lipomas, bone cysts and giant cell tumors also require special treatment.




Do all your patients need surgery?


No, many tumors of the musculoskeletal system are best treated by other means including radiation, chemotherapy, radifrequency ablation or embolization. We work closely with and coordinate care with other specialities to provide optimum treatment for our patients.




What are some examples of the tumors you treat?


Benign Lipoma Bone Cysts Giant Cell Tumor Nerve Sheath Tumor Malignant Liposarcoma Osteosarcoma Ganglion Cyst Synovial Sarcoma Ewing's Sarcoma Metastatic Carcinoma to Bone




Do you also see non-tumor orthopaedic patients?


Definitely. In addition to tumor surgery we also specialize in knee replacement, hip replacement, foot & ankle disorders, fracture care, sports medicine, and management of Avascular Necrosis of Bone. We also provide general orthopedic care.





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