Sarcoma refers to a group of cancers that occur in the bones and soft tissues in various parts of the body. These cancers can manifest in the body in two ways: in the bone, which results in bone tumors, or in the body’s soft tissue. Some of the types of sarcoma treated at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center include:
- Bone tumors: Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma
- Soft tissue sarcomas: rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft tissue sarcomas, including rare sarcomas
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers a full range of treatment options for bone tumors and soft tissue sarcomas. We will create a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. A child with a bone tumor or soft tissue sarcoma may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action. If surgery is necessary, your medical team will carefully explain and help you plan the best course of treatment for your child. Treatment options include:
Limb-sparing surgery is a procedure to keep a child’s extremities after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. During the procedure, only the malignant tumor tissue is removed. The resected portion of tissue and bone is replaced by metallic (prosthesis) or bone transplants (allograft). If your child is under 10 years old, he may be a candidate for a growing prosthesis. The type and location of the cancer may also impact whether limb-sparing surgery is the best surgical option for your child.
The first step to identify whether your child is a good candidate for limb-sparing surgery is a biopsy, in which a piece of tissue is removed to diagnose his condition. The next step is staging, where the extent and/or spread of the tumor is identified. Sophisticated radiographic technology is used in staging. Your child’s surgeon will then decide if the tumor can safely be removed in its entirety without compromising the overall integrity of the limb. Tumors that are too close to a major nerve or artery may not be ideal for limb-sparing surgery. If not, an amputation or rotationplasty may be recommended.
Stories of Hope and Inspiration From Our Patients
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is committed to advancing pediatric cancer research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with bone and soft tissue sarcoma. As Georgia’s top pediatric cancer research center, we are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country, through which we offer our patients access to novel childhood cancer and blood disorders treatment options.
View our open research studies:
Receiving a cancer diagnosis for your child can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. At the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, we are here to support you and your family. Whether explaining treatment options to a teen or helping a child through chemotherapy treatments, we make it our mission to provide the best care—and best experience—for every child. As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in your child’s well-being. Not only are you a vital member of your child’s healthcare team; you are a source of security and comfort.