Jefferson Health

Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma, which occurs most frequently in children, adolescents and young adults, requires very specialized and long-term care. As with any type of cancer, you want to know that you have access to the best physicians, the latest treatment and state-of-the-art technology. That is exactly what you'll find at Jefferson.

At Jefferson, sarcoma experts meet on a regular basis to review all new patients' conditions. This review committee includes radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and orthopedic surgeons, who come together to decide on the best course of treatment for each patient.

In addition, a dedicated team of anesthesiologists and rehabilitation medicine physicians have developed protocols specifically for musculoskeletal oncology patients that optimize their experience not only while undergoing surgery but also during rehabilitation and subsequent return to function.

Before surgery is performed, you will receive a preoperative evaluation to assess your condition. During this evaluation, you will learn what to expect postoperatively. The goal of the treatment is to return patients with amputations to their highest level of function in the community.

Recurrence among Jefferson patients is low, thanks to not only the quality of orthopedic oncology surgery, radiation therapy and medical oncology, but also diligent routine monitoring.