Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumors and Sarcoma Treatments

How we treat musculoskeletal cancer and sarcoma

Our musculoskeletal tumor team has pioneered state-of-the-art procedures that target cancer while minimizing side effects.

Chemotherapy

The most common type of cancer treatment for musculoskeletal cancer and sarcomas is chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is treatment with anti-cancer drugs that are given into a vein, muscle, the cerebrospinal fluid or taken in pill form.

Radiation therapy

In some cases, radiation therapy may be recommended. Radiation therapy uses focused, high-energy X-rays or other forms of radiation to kill cancer cells.

City of Hope is a leader in the use of radiation to treat cancer. Our advanced technologies and experienced staff can plan and deliver precise radiation to the tumor site, while sparing nearby organs and tissue. This results in fewer radiation-associated side effects while maintaining excellent clinical outcomes.

Surgery

City of Hope surgeons use minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques to diagnose and treat cancer.

We are also one of the few centers in the nation that perform limb-sparing reconstruction using expandable prosthetic implants for children and adolescents.

These prostheses “grow” with patients as they are expanded using noninvasive or minimally invasive techniques. This allows us to accommodate for your child’s continued growth without multiple major surgeries.

Using these devices, we are able to remove bone cancer and save limbs, while at the same time reducing the number of surgeries and improving recovery time.

Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants

City of Hope is one of the world’s largest and most successful bone marrow and stem cell transplant centers. Our Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute is a leader in setting standards for this lifesaving procedure, improving outcomes for patients of all ages.