Orthopedic Oncology at Medical City Fort Worth

Staff in operating room

One of the main objectives of orthopedic oncology is to treat musculoskeletal malignant tumors such as osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, chordoma and soft tissue sarcomas. The goal is to maximize the function of each patient with advanced surgical and reconstructive techniques. We evaluate many different types of disorders, including benign tumors, malignant tumors, bone tumors, soft tissue tumors and metastatic lesions. We also manage orthopedic problems in oncologic patients, who may require specialized, multidisciplinary care.

Any cancer has the ability to spread to bone, or metastasize. The most common types of cancer to spread to bone are prostate, kidney, breast, lung and thyroid. Bones are one of the most common sites for circulating cancer cells to settle and start growing. Almost all malignant cancers have the ability to metastasize.

If a bone is weakened by cancer and at risk for a fracture, it can be treated several ways, including medical management, such as chemotherapy, bisphosphonates, radiation and/or surgery.