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The Musculoskeletal Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the nation’s leading programs for diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal tumors, offering comprehensive care for children and young adults with tumors of the bone and soft tissues.
Our collaborative approach combines the strengths of the nation’s top ranked pediatric orthopaedic and pediatric cancer care program to deliver a personalized, integrated treatment plan that maximizes quality of life. Our experienced pediatric specialists within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute treat patients with malignant and benign tumors, including high-risk, secondary and recurrent tumors.
The medical director of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s is Joseph Pressey MD, a pediatric oncologist and an expert in sarcoma therapy. The surgical director is Joel I Sorger, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon trained in the management of bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
By bringing together experts in different areas, our multidisciplinary team makes clinic visits more efficient for families and ensures thoughtful, coordinated care.
Some of our patients are newly diagnosed, and others come to our program seeking novel therapies for recurrent, rare or refractory tumors. Patients range in age from infancy to young adulthood. Because Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma and other musculoskeletal tumors are considered pediatric cancers, even adult patients require ongoing care from experienced pediatric specialists such as those at Cincinnati Children’s. Our center accepts newly diagnosed patients up to the age of 35.
The members of the Tumor Center work as a team to provide each patient with exceptional treatment and supportive care. They include pediatric oncologists, orthopaedic oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists, each bringing a unique approach to the patient’s health and wellbeing. This multidisciplinary approach fosters thoughtful, personalized treatment while maximizing the child’s quality of life.
At many medical centers, patients and families must travel to different floors or even different buildings to see various specialists. Our multidisciplinary clinic at the Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute brings these specialists together, making visits more convenient and enabling the highest level of communication and coordination individualized care. New patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation in our clinic. Our team then develops a detailed assessment and individualized treatment plan. Therapy usually begins within a week of making the diagnosis. We provide referring physicians with regular updates to ensure coordinated care.
Depending on the child’s needs, the team may include specialists from other areas at Cincinnati Children’s, including:
Nurses play an integral role on the multidisciplinary team, providing patient care and extensive education. In fact, Cincinnati Children’s is known for nursing excellence. In 2009, the medical center received Magnet status from the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. This is the gold standard for recognizing nursing excellence and collaboration among all care providers and patients. Of approximately 5,700 hospitals in the United States, only 6 percent have achieved status from the Magnet Recognition Program.
We treat a broad range of conditions, including:
To view the full range of the conditions we treat, visit our Conditions Treated page.
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