Osteosarcoma treatment options have advanced significantly in recent years, providing hope to many patients. In some cases, a course of chemotherapy administered both before and after a successful surgery can potentially cure osteosarcoma; in other cases, a patient may be able to forego amputation and have limb-sparing surgery to remove a bone tumor instead. The optimal treatment approach can vary based on the extent and stage of the tumor as well as other individual factors. Because the condition is relatively rare, patients are encouraged to seek guidance from a high-volume cancer center with specialized experience in osteosarcoma treatment.
The main forms of osteosarcoma treatment are:
- Surgery to remove a bone tumor and the surrounding cancer cells
- Chemotherapy, which may be used prior to surgery to shrink a tumor and make it easier to remove, to destroy residual cancer cells after the surgical removal of a high-grade tumor (which is likely to grow and spread very quickly), to address cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or to help prevent recurrence
- Radiation therapy to help keep a nonremovable tumor under control and alleviate any associated symptoms
At Moffitt Cancer Center, each patient is evaluated and continually monitored by a multispecialty tumor board of experts. In this way, we are able to tailor a patient’s treatment plan to his or her unique needs and update the plan as necessary. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our team has unrivaled experience in providing all types of osteosarcoma treatment. We not only develop highly individualized treatment regimens; we also offer a full range of supportive care options to enhance our patients’ quality of life throughout treatment and beyond.
If you’d like to learn more about osteosarcoma treatment options, the experts at Moffitt can help. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.