The musculoskeletal oncology physicians have advanced subspecialty training in bone and soft tissue tumors and other malignancies of the musculoskeletal system, and years of experience in this field.
There has been a great deal of progress made in surgical treatment of tumors of the bone and connective tissue, in addition to non-surgical treatment advancements. Advances in these areas have made long-term survival with all limbs intact the expected outcome for many patients today. Treatments used include:
- Tumor excision
- Radiation therapy
- Reconstructive surgery
An innovative approach
The team at Northwell Health brings an advanced approach to treating bone and soft tissue tumors, including:
- A multidisciplinary team – The health system brings together musculoskeletal oncology doctors (both adult and pediatric), experienced surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and radiation oncologists, all with specialized training in bone and soft tissue tumors, to care for each patient.
- Cross-discipline collaboration – The musculoskeletal oncology specialists work with experts across the health system, including in oncology/cancer and the Rehabilitation Network cancer rehabilitation program, to provide the full scope of care to patients.
- Nonsurgical approaches – Novel approaches to brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and radioimmunotherapy are offering very encouraging results for patients. See all conditions treated and services offered by the team.
Pediatric musculoskeletal oncology
Due to advancements in surgical oncology, including limb-sparing surgery, survival for children with cancer has improved dramatically. The surgeons are experts in limb-sparing surgery for children. To minimize limb length difference, they have been successful in using expandable prosthesis with a mechanism that performs lengthening. In other patients, epiphyseal (cartilage plate at either end of a long bone) and growth plate sparing surgeries have been used.