Treating Bone Cancer and Cancer-Related Bone Issues
A little-known side effect of cancer and cancer treatment is damage to the bones. Our orthopaedic oncologists specialize in caring for cancer patients with bone problems, as well as treating sarcoma, or bone cancer. We treat:
- Bone and soft-tissue cancers in adults and children
- Metastatic cancers, including prostate, breast and myeloma, that spread to the bone
- Chemotherapy- and radiation-related bone problems, including fractures, arthritis, osteoporosis, infections and avascular necrosis (loss of blood supply to the bone, which can result in bone death)
What is an Orthopaedic Oncologist?
Only about 125 orthopaedic oncologists practice in the United States - and the only ones in this community are here at Augusta University Medical Center. This exclusive group of doctors is specially trained to care for and treat the fragile bones of patients with bone and other cancers. This includes advanced surgical techniques that help save bones.
Our orthopaedic oncologists are part of Augusta University Cancer Center, the region’s only comprehensive cancer center, offering state-of-the-art treatments. What makes us stand apart? A focus on multidisciplinary cancer care, which brings together a team of cancer specialists to develop an individualized plan of care that is right for you and your family.
Our treatments include:
- Monthly sarcoma tumor board, where cancer specialists carefully evaluate each individual patient and develop a plan of care, which may include diagnostic imaging; radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy; and tumor resection, or surgery to remove abnormal tissue
- Fixation techniques, including cements, for broken bones related to cancer treatment. Unlike typical bone, fractures caused by cancer treatment often resist healing and require advanced techniques.
- Joint replacement surgery, particularly due to avascular necrosis
- Limb salvage surgery, which removes diseased bone and replaces it with a metal implant
Schedule an Appointment Now
Schedule an online appointment now or call 706-721-2741 to speak to a member of our orthopaedic oncology CARE team. We also offer same-day appointments for emergencies.