Bone cancers are rare cancers and represent less than 0.2 percent of all cancers. Bone cancer, which comes in several forms, often involves a treatment team that includes an orthopedic surgeon, radiation oncologists and rehabilitation experts.
The three main types of bone cancers are
- Ewing’s sarcoma
Other types are even more uncommon and may have benign and malignant varieties. These include:
- High-grade undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma of bone
- Giant cell tumor of bone
Osteosarcomas are the most common bony tumors and are usually found in children and young adults. Some osteosarcomas occur in genetic cancer syndromes such as the Li Fraumeni Syndrome.
Chondrosarcomas are tumors that lay down a cartilage matrix. They are usually found in adults, commonly in men in their 50s or 60s.
Ewing’s sarcoma primarily affects children; genetic mutations have been identified in the Ewing’s sarcoma types (EWS and ETS mutations).
Cure rates for bone cancers have improved significantly over the years. Outcomes are best when you are treated by multidisciplinary teams who work together in the treatment of these rare cancers.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for bone cancers?
The CTRC has a multidisciplinary team that specializes in the treatment of bone cancers. The CTRC sarcoma team includes:
- Orthopedic surgeons, who are specialists in bone cancer-related surgery
- Pediatric oncology specialists
- Radiation oncologists, who specialize in the treatment of bone cancers
- Medical oncologists, who are sarcoma specialists for adults
- Pathologists, who are sarcoma experts and rare tumor pathology experts
- Rehabilitation experts
We will perform comprehensive evaluations. Your case will be discussed during the CTRC sarcoma team’s regularly conducted cancer conferences. Our orthopedic oncologists will be actively involved in every step of the management of your bone cancer.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, the CTRC offers care delivered by a sarcoma team that specializes in clinical trials for sarcoma patients.
We have clinical trials available for you if you have just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Our team is also familiar with clinical trials for patients who have had prior treatments.
We also offer experimental treatments and first-in-human clinical trials under special programs for patients who qualify.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.