Sarcomas and other musculoskeletal tumors are rare growths affecting bone and soft tissue. They are challenging to diagnose and treat. But here, you’ll find hope for healing. Nationally recognized orthopedic oncologists use advanced techniques to remove tumors while optimizing limb function.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. You deserve extraordinary services that enable you to live the best possible quality of life. And you’ll find it at here. Our team includes nationally recognized musculoskeletal oncology specialists (orthopedic oncologists). We offer:
- Uncommon expertise: We have one of few programs in the region with orthopedic oncologists. Their experience from regularly treating sarcomas and other tumors leads to precise care. They use research-based methods to treat musculoskeletal tumors anywhere in the body and maintain exceptional outcomes. We also deliver age-appropriate care to children and young adults. Explore pediatric orthopedics.
- Compassion: We recognize the questions that sarcomas and musculoskeletal tumors may raise about your future. Experts take time to provide answers in ways that are easier to understand. We review treatment options and help you make informed decisions so you can feel confident about next steps.
- Connected and comprehensive care: Orthopedic oncologists collaborate with other specialists to deliver seamless, personalized therapies. We manage all the details, whether complex procedures requiring multiple surgeons, additional cancer treatments or rehabilitation. Find out more about cancer care.
- Limb salvage surgery: We excel in techniques that remove tumors while preserving healthy tissue, so amputation is rarely necessary. This level of expertise is not widely available in the St. Louis area.
The best care comes from programs like ours that regularly diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors. Our expertise includes treating rare and complex tumors affecting children and adults, including:
- Bone cystsFluid-filled sacs develop in bone tissue. Cysts are noncancerous but can weaken bone tissue, raising the risk of fracture.
- ChondrosarcomaBone cancer affects cartilage cells. It typically occurs in the arms, legs, pelvis, ribs or breastbone (sternum).
- Ewing sarcomaThis cancerous tumor is common in children and young adults. It typically affects long bones and sometimes the pelvis.
- Giant cell tumorsBenign bone tumors develop in many parts of your body, including your vertebrae. These tumors typically affect joints of the lower extremities, like the knee, lower thigh and upper shin bone.
- Metastatic bone cancerThis cancer starts in another area of the body, like the breasts, lungs, kidneys or prostate, and travels to the bones.
- OsteoblastomaThis noncancerous bone tumor typically occurs in the long bones of your legs and vertebrae of your lower spine.
- OsteochondromaThis noncancerous tumor occurs in children and young adults. It develops in long bones near growth plates, patches of tissue that support limb growth.
- Osteoid osteomaThis noncancerous tumor occurs in the long bones of the lower extremities, like the thigh. They're more common in children and young adults.
- OsteosarcomaThis cancer occurs in cells that support long bone development. It typically affects the arms and legs.
- RhabdomyosarcomaThis soft tissue tumor typically affects children. It can develop in the bladder, testes, vagina, head or neck.
- Spinal tumorsIrregular clusters of cells grow in the spine or travel to it.
Rehabilitation starts soon after treatment, once a patient is surgically and medically stable. Inpatient rehabilitation focuses on teaching patients how to move and function safely with reconstructed limbs and continues on an outpatient basis.
For patients requiring amputation, post-surgery prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation is coordinated by our team.
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