Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer

Physicians with M Health Fairview Cancer Care are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of bone cancer and soft tissue sarcomas. Our program is one of the largest in the upper Midwest, caring for more than 400 new patients each year.
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Bone cancer, sometimes known as bone sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer, destroys healthy tissue, often in the long bones of the arms and legs. Soft tissue cancer, also known as soft tissue sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer, grows in the muscle, fat, joints, nerves, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels.

Frequently, tumors spread to the bone (metastasize) after originating from somewhere else.

Common tumors the spread to the bone are metastatic carcinoma, myeloma, plasmacytoma and lymphoma.

Our Approach

Physicians with M Health Fairview Cancer Care are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of bone cancer and soft tissue sarcomas and can provide you with a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Our program is one of the largest in the upper Midwest, caring for more than 400 new patients each year.

In addition to treating patients using conventional approaches such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the internationally recognized bone and soft tissue cancer team also utilizes innovative surgical and medical treatment options including modular megaprostheses, custom implants, bone transplants and expandable bone implants, computerized navigated surgery, intra-operative CAT scans and clinical trials for new drugs or targeted therapeutic agents.

We were the first to develop continuous infusion ifosfamide and paclitaxel for sarcoma and among the few centers to initially offer RANKL antibody chemotherapy for giant-cell bone tumors and targeted monoclonal antibody therapy for pigmented villonodular synovitis.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Frequently performed bone and soft tissue cancer-related procedures include:

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Limb Reconstruction

Limb reconstruction may be recommended after certain surgeries or if you or your child has cancer in a bone. After the tumor is removed, the limb may be reconstructed so it can continue to offer strength and functionality.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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TomoTherapy

TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy