Orthopedic Oncology (Bone Cancer)
If you are facing a diagnosis of bone cancer, you need the most innovative care. UMass Memorial Health Care’s Orthopedic Oncology program in Worcester offers today’s most advanced treatment options.
Bone Cancer Treatment in Central Massachusetts
Our bone cancer patients receive expert care through our Orthopedic Oncology program at the Medical Center in Worcester. Patients with benign (non-cancerous) tumors, malignant (cancerous) and metastatic (spreading) bone cancer and soft-tissue tumors receive the most advanced care from a team of physicians who have dedicated their careers to treating these conditions.
Our orthopedic specialists provide a depth and breadth of clinical expertise that is unmatched in Central Massachusetts. We provide state-of-the-art treatment options, including:
- Orthopedic surgery to remove tumors
- Targeted chemotherapies
- Access to new treatments through cancer research and clinical trials
We also work closely with the respected UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence and its extensive team of cancer specialists that includes experts in radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Patient and Family Support
We understand the emotional as well as physical effects of cancer, and we are committed to treating you and your family in an environment of compassion and support. That’s why we offer extensive support services at our Medical Center in Worcester and throughout the community, including:
- Nutritional counseling
- Home care coordination
- Genetic screening and counseling
- Pain management
- Palliative care (quality-of-life care)
- Support groups
- On-site American Cancer Society Resource Center
Bone Cancer Diagnosis
Because timely, accurate diagnosis and staging is critical for effective cancer treatment, our Orthopedic Oncology program offers all of the latest diagnostic technologies:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
- Digital X-ray and other digital diagnostic imaging tests used to identify cancer
- Surgical biopsy
- Pathology lab services to examine tissue samples to determine the type of tumor
Bone Cancer Treatment
The types of bone cancer we treat include:
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Other tumors affecting the bones and supporting muscles
Not Just a Team – A Small Army
The diagnosis and treatment of bone cancer requires the skills of many specialists. We bring together these specialists in a single setting (called multidisciplinary care). Here they discuss care for each patient and develop a thorough treatment program as a team. This provides you the best treatment plan possible.