The Sarcoma Program at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the nation’s leading programs for diagnosing and treating tumors of the bone and soft tissues.
- Specialization. Our physicians specialize in treating sarcomas. Their deep knowledge and experience give patients an unparalleled level of care.
- A team-based, multidisciplinary approach. The sarcoma team includes experts from many different areas of specialization who collaborate with one another to ensure patients receive the best possible care.
- Proton therapy. This innovative treatment approach delivers highly focused radiation therapy to a tumor with remarkable precision, avoiding radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue. Learn more.
- Limb-sparing surgical expertise. Orthopaedic surgeon Joel Sorger, MD, utilizes advanced techniques in limb-sparing surgery and limb reconstruction. His expertise is one reason that amputations are rarely used as part of sarcoma treatment plan at Cincinnati Children’s.
- Reconstructive surgery expertise. Our pediatric orthopaedic and plastic surgeons offer unique reconstructive surgery options to preserve function and restore the appearance of tissue that has been affected by sarcoma or sarcoma therapy.
- Other novel surgical procedures. Pediatric surgeon Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH, provides cutting-edge surgeries specifically for patients with sarcoma. These include sentinel lymph node biopsies, which help doctors accurately stage cancer, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which delivers chemotherapy directly to cancer cells in the abdomen.
- Access to Phase I research protocols. Patients with recurrent or treatment-resistant sarcoma may be able to receive novel therapy protocols through our participation in a variety of phase I research studies. Learn more.
- Rehabilitation services. Specialists in the hospital’s innovative Pediatric Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Program provide customized therapy based on each child’s specific needs and goals. Learn more.
- Specialized care for young adults. Cincinnati Children’s offers a nationally recognized program to meet the unique needs of young adults with cancer. Learn more.
- A commitment to long-term quality of life. The Cincinnati Children’s Cancer Survivorship Center provides specialized medical care and psychosocial support to childhood cancer survivors − continuously and without interruption through adulthood. Learn more.
Our Treatment Approach
If your child is diagnosed with sarcoma, you want to find the most advanced therapy available from experts who specialize in caring for these tumors. This kind of care is at the heart of our treatment approach at the Cincinnati Children’s Sarcoma Program. Our core team includes physicians and other providers from medical oncology, orthopaedic surgery, oncologic surgery, interventional radiology and radiation oncology who care for children and young adults with sarcoma every day. This level of specialization and experience is one of our program’s greatest strengths, and ensures that each patient receives thoughtful, comprehensive, well-coordinated care.
The core team meets frequently to discuss treatment plans and talk about how patients are responding to therapy. Depending on a child’s needs, they may ask other specialists to contribute their expertise, such as general surgeons, plastic surgeons, rehabilitation medicine specialists, fertility specialists and cardiologists.
Your Child’s Comprehensive Treatment Plan
A child’s first appointment will include a comprehensive evaluation in our clinic. Diagnosing and staging the cancer is an important step, and we use sophisticated laboratory and diagnostic radiology services to do so. When all test results are available, the team develops a detailed, individualized treatment plan and shares it with the family. Treatment begins as soon as possible, often within a week of diagnosis.
The Sarcoma Program offers comprehensive therapies for patients with tumors of the bone and soft tissue. These include:
- Novel chemotherapy drugs, sometimes offered through a research protocol
- Traditional radiation therapy and proton radiation therapy
- The most advanced techniques in limb-sparing and limb reconstruction surgeries
- Physical and occupational therapy to help patients regain their mobility, strength and independence
Every patient is assigned a nurse care manager, who can help answer questions, coordinate appointments and make sure families finds the support and resources they need. Learn about our supportive services.