Musculoskeletal cancer develops in bones, muscles or nerves. Musculoskeletal tumor types include osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and soft tissue sarcomas.
Sarcomas develop in the body’s connective tissues and are most common in the muscles, tendons, fat, nerves, cartilage and bones. Musculoskeletal cancers can be especially aggressive and fast-growing. Our specialists and clinicians collaborate efficiently on the best treatment for each patient.
Children with musculoskeletal cancers and their families can find an expedited diagnosis and rapid treatment that begins in hours or days, not weeks. Our musculoskeletal tumor team has pioneered state-of-the-art procedures that target cancer while minimizing side effects.
At City of Hope, your child has access to innovative clinical trials, researchers and physicians who are nationally recognized experts in developing novel methods for preventing, detecting and treating soft tissue sarcoma and bone cancer.
Minimally invasive surgery removes tumors while preserving healthy tissue
Radiation therapy, including ultra-precise helical TomoTherapy and brachytherapy
Pioneering drug research and clinical trials
Expandable implants that can “grow” with the patient
Pediatric musculoskeletal cancer and sarcoma care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, rehabilitation experts, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and child life specialists who work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. And our researchers are actively developing tomorrow’s treatments today, and our musculoskeletal investigators are collaborating with other scientists in other disciplines to develop promising new treatments.
City of Hope is one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
Vijay Trisal, M.D., the Dr. Norman & Melinda Payson Professor in Medicine and chief medical officer at City of Hope, is an advocate for individualized patient care and expanding access to City of Hope’s advanced therapies and specialized physicians across local communities.
Stephanie Yoon, M.D., is a radiation oncologist at City of Hope. Dr. Yoon focuses on treating breast cancer, brain tumors and spine tumors, because of the way cancer in those regions threatens the essence of what makes people who they are — their personalities, experiences, sensations and memories.