Orthopedic Oncology Navigator
Our orthopedic oncology navigator serves as a link between our patients and their physicians to personally guide and support newly diagnosed patients through their cancer journey and the complex decision-making process.
Texas Health Dallas employees and medical staff physicians can quickly and effectively diagnose bone cancer. Diagnostic tests may include X-rays, blood tests, bone scan, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, biopsy and angiogram. Once a diagnosis is made, orthopedic oncology specialists on the medical staff can perform advanced surgeries, as well as make recommendations about other treatments.
Physicians on staff also specialize in the treatment of metastatic bone disease, cancers that have spread from other sites to the bones, and are among only a handful of surgeons to provide comprehensive care for metastatic bone disease patients in Texas. Our goal is to treat these complex patients in the least invasive manner possible while controlling pain and preserving function. Minimally invasive techniques are utilized to make certain each patient has the optimal outcome.
After your initial treatment for bone cancer, your physician may prescribe physical therapy. Texas Health Dallas offers rehabilitation services with advanced equipment and experienced therapists. Rehabilitation usually includes training and exercise with a physical therapist.
In addition, bone cancer can reappear in another organ or come back at the same location or in other bones. Therefore, people who have been diagnosed with a bone cancer should see their physician regularly and immediately report any unusual symptoms.
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Bone Cancer Surgery
Surgery is the most common treatment for bone cancer, with the surgeon removing the entire tumor.
Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
Chemotherapy, which is the use of anticancer drugs to kill cancer cells, and radiation therapy, which is the use of high-energy X-rays that kill cancer cells, are usually used in conjunction with surgery.
Physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. Surgeons on staff perform a large volume of complex reconstructive cases, including revision of infected or failed joint replacement of the knee, hip, elbow and shoulder. They also manage general orthopedic issues in oncology patients who require multidisciplinary care.
Often, patients come to us as a last resort for limb salvage surgery. In a number of cases, a successful outcome is obtained with personalized treatment plans.
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