Referral from a primary care physician/orthopedist is made to an orthopedic oncologist at a specialty center. The specialist will review the referral and will possibly recommend further tests including an MRI, CT scan, X-rays and lab work. A pre-operative evaluation of limb function and pre-training will help to decrease rehab time and emotional stress post surgery. A biopsy will be done to determine the type of cancer. After the results are determined, a treatment plan will be arranged, which may consist of the following:
Your physician could also recommend a clinical trial for your treatment. Learn more about the clinical trials offered for sarcomas.
When the bone is removed it is replaced with either:
Team members for limb salvage surgery are involved to help the patient throughout the course of treatment and consist of the following:
Frequent follow-ups are recommended after surgery since two-thirds of all recurrences are detected two years after diagnosis. Sarcomas that spread to other parts of the body typically go to the lungs; therefore, the lungs are monitored closely through follow-up. Metastatic disease is treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.