Sarcoma and Solid Tumor Program

Specialized care for children with any type of bone cancer.

The program combines the expertise of the Orthopedic Surgery Program and the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for the best outcomes.

former patient Tyler with his nurse, giving the thumbs up after surgery white framing element
former patient Tyler with his nurse, giving the thumbs up after surgery white framing element

For tumors involving the musculoskeletal system, Nicklaus Children's Orthopedic Surgery Program offers full evaluation and treatment, including prescribing and interpreting imaging and testing, as well as performing biopsies and definitive cancer surgery treatment.

The orthopedic surgical team enlists one of the region’s most experienced oncological orthopaedists to remove pediatric tumors and reconstruct extremities utilizing the most advanced limb salvage techniques available. The team is one of a few in the region to utilize oncological prostheses for limb salvage that make it possible for a child’s leg to grow through a series of nonsurgical adjustments, eliminating the need for future leg-lengthening surgeries. The department also coordinates rehabilitative care of the patient following cancer surgery.

Bone Cancer in Children

There are three types of primary bone cancer (cancer that arises in the bone, as opposed to cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body, which is referred to as secondary bone cancer).

  • Osteosarcoma, the most common in children, which develops in new tissue in growing bones, usually in the knees, upper legs and upper arms.
  • Ewing's sarcoma begins in immature nerve tissue in bone marrow.
  • Chondrosarcoma arises in cartilage, usually in the pelvis, upper legs and shoulders, and occurs more often in adults.

Clinical Trials

Nicklaus Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Center is participating in a clinical trial of an investigational drug in children with metastatic tumors in the Ewing’s sarcoma family.

Treatments and Procedures

Conditions We Treat

Stories to Inspire

Growing up, Izabella liked any and all sports, from soccer to baseball to whatever she could do outside. Then one day, her dad noticed her limping while she was playing. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Izabella was diagnosed with something that would affect her ability to keep playing sports; osteosarcoma, or bone cancer.
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