Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumor Program

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Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumor Program

U.S. News and World Report award for Cancer Treatment

Delivering best-in-class, evidence-based care to children with benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors, including patients with the most challenging conditions.

The Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Children’s Health is unrivaled in North Texas. Our partnership with UT Southwestern, the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in North Texas, means we can offer the latest treatments and have access to groundbreaking clinical trials assessing novel targeted therapies for musculoskeletal tumors.

Our team of specialists and subspecialists develops treatment plans for newly diagnosed patients and patients in relapse. We also provide expert second opinions to physicians and families for patients whose complex care merits consultation and review.

Treatments and Services

All patients receive individualized treatment for their specific cancer, but there are standard techniques that can be implemented depending on the patient’s age, tumor size or previous treatment.

  • Chemotherapy drugs and clinical trials: Chemotherapy drugs, often used in combinations, systemically destroy cancer cells in the body. Depending on the treatment plan, chemotherapy drugs can be used either to shrink a tumor mass before radiation and surgery or to destroy any remaining cancerous cells after radiation and surgery. Learn more about our current clinical trials and about our Experimental Therapeutics Program.
  • Radiation therapy: While radiation use depends on the type of cancer, our radiation oncologists offer next-generation techniques and delivery systems to safely and effectively treat bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. We have access to the latest treatment modalities, including but not limited to: intensive-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and proton beam therapy.
  • Surgery: Almost all osteosarcomas and most Ewing tumors can be surgically removed. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery combined have the ability to effectively control, destroy, and remove the tumor mass for good. In order to fully remove the cancer, the surgeons take out the tumor mass as well as some surrounding healthy tissue that may contain cancerous cells. 
  • Rehabilitation: Treating a cancerous bone or soft tissue tumor with these therapies can affect limb function. In the case that amputation is necessary, we work orthotics experts for advanced prosthetic care. In all cases, the experienced physical and occupational therapists at Children’s Health make sure your child’s recovery is as successful as possible.

Meet the Care Team