New patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation in our clinic.

Comprehensive Care for Bone & Soft Tissue Tumors

The Sarcoma Program 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 Sarcoma 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, also known as musculoskeletal tumors.

By bringing together experts in different areas, our multidisciplinary team makes clinic visits more efficient for families and ensures thoughtful, coordinated care.

Samantha's Story

Listen to Samantha describe her experience with Ewing's sarcoma and how it has made her a stronger person.

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.

We offer: 

  • 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:

Nursing Excellence

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.

Among the Best

Our cancer program ranks among the best by U.S. News & World Report.
Our cancer program is ranked on the annual list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

Conditions Treated

We treat a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Sarcomas of Bone
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Advanced, Refractory or Relapsed Sarcomas

To view the full range of the conditions we treat, visit our Conditions Treated page.