Surgery is the most common treatment for bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
Depending on the location and grade of the tumor, surgery may involve:
Our mission at Duke Cancer Institute is to remove the tumor while preserving as much function as possible. Our experienced surgeons excel at limb- and organ-sparing operations, which can now be performed in more than 90 percent of cases of bone or soft-tissue tumors.
At times, the only hope for cure calls for removal of a critical joint or span of bone or large amount of muscle.
When necessary, our surgeons can expertly replace them with a customized artificial joint for the hip, knee, shoulder, or elbow.
Large stretches of cancerous bone may be replaced with bone transplants (“allografts”), or vascularized autologous bone (the patient’s own transplanted fibula). Vascularized muscle transfers and other soft tissue reconstruction can be performed as well.
Each of these techniques has proven very successful for restoring function to bones, joints, and tissue that would otherwise be destroyed by treatment.
When limb removal is absolutely essential, we use sophisticated, customized prosthetics to ensure a natural look and feel as well as maximum flexibility and range of motion.
Our surgeons also have experience performing rotationplasty, a surgical alternative to above-the-knee amputations which offers greater functionality.
To make an appointment or refer a patient to the multidisciplinary sarcoma team at the Duke Cancer Institute, call 919-613-5550 or 877-SARC DUKE (877-727-2385).