Aurora Cancer Care offers you innovative treatment for musculoskeletal oncology, which is a sub-specialized branch of orthopedic surgery—cancers that rare and complex in nature. Aurora specialists work as a team to diagnose and treat patients with bone and soft tissue tumors for the best possible outcomes here in Milwaukee.
Understanding Musculoskeletal Cancer
Representing only 0.2 percent of all cancers, musculoskeletal sarcoma develops from certain tissues in your body, like bone, muscle, cartilage, blood, tendons, ligaments, joints and related tissues, which exist throughout your body.
Cancer develops in these areas when abnormal cells begin to grow out of control. What differentiates musculoskeletal cancer from other types of cancer is that it doesn’t develop within an organ, like in your lung or kidney. However, if an organ has muscle, like the uterus, this type of cancer may develop from the organ’s muscle rather than the organ itself.
Symptoms of musculoskeletal cancer most often appear as a lump that doesn’t go away over time. Or you may feel like you have a pulled muscle or pain in a part of your body that doesn’t go away. If you are experiencing these symptom types, please seek medical attention so you can be treated as soon as possible in its earliest stages.
Types of Musculoskeletal Cancer
Musculoskeletal cancer affects both soft tissue and bone, and falls into two categories:
Soft tissue sarcoma: The most common types of sarcoma in adults are malignant fibrous histiocytoma, liposarcoma and leiomyosarcoma. Certain types are more common in certain areas of your body than others. For example, leiomyosarcomas are the most common abdominal sarcoma, while liposarcomas and malignant fibrous histiocytomas are most common in your legs.
Bone and joint cancer: In adults, chondrosarcoma is the most common primary bone cancer, where most are diagnosed at an early stage.This is followed by osteosarcoma, chordoma, Ewing tumor and malignant fibrous histiocytoma/fibrosarcoma. Several rare types of cancers account for the remainder of these cancer diagnoses. In children and teenagers, osteosarcoma and Ewing tumors are more common than chondrosarcoma.
Aurora Offers You a Team of Diverse Cancer Specialists
Aurora Cancer Care has developed a unique musculoskeletal oncology program headquartered at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee that takes a comprehensive team approach to your care. This multidisciplinary team is led by fellowship-trained Nick Webber, MD, an orthopedic oncology surgeon who has completed advanced fellowship training at the University of Utah/Huntsman Cancer Hospital–Sarcoma Advanced Research. He specializes in adult and pediatric bone and soft-tissue tumors, musculoskeletal oncology and metastatic bone disease.
In addition to Dr. Webber, the multidisciplinary team of experts includes radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, plastic surgeons, a physical therapist and cancer nurse navigator. Your nurse navigator serves as your personal advocate throughout your treatment at Aurora, helping to coordinate your appointments, tests and procedures, and connect you and your family to resources you need and answer your questions. The multidisciplinary team gathers and collaborates once a week to discuss approximately five patients at each session. At this weekly conference, specialists:
- Analyze diagnostic tests and images
- Diagnose patient conditions
- Develop individualized treatment plans
This team of specialists also works in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison to offer you the most advanced options in musculoskeletal oncology care. This team approach helps ensure that you receive the best possible care.
For more information on Aurora’s musculoskeletal oncology program or to schedule an appointment, call 414-649-7900.