About Our Program
Some of our patients are newly diagnosed, and others come to our program seeking novel therapies for recurrent, rare or refractory tumors. Sarcoma 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 well-being. This multidisciplinary approach fosters thoughtful, personalized treatment while maximizing the child’s quality of life.
- Advanced techniques in limb-sparing surgery and limb reconstruction.
- An ongoing Phase I treatment program at Cincinnati Children’s enables us to provide care options for patients using novel chemotherapy and targeted therapy protocols.
- We perform over 40 minimally invasive procedures yearly using interventional radiology.
- Our team offers unique reconstructive options such as targeted muscle re-innervation and free functional muscle transfer.
- We provide a full range of inpatient rehabilitation services, enabling our physicians to monitor the patient’s progress on an ongoing basis.
- Development is underway to offer proton therapy for pediatric cancers at our Liberty Township location. This innovative treatment approach will deliver highly focused radiation therapy to a tumor with remarkable precision, avoiding radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue
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.
A Multidisciplinary Team
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.