Comprehensive care at UCLA for patients with bone, joint and muscle cancer is provided through the Orthopaedic Oncology Program. Established in 1980, the Program manages care for patients with all types of bone and soft-tissue (musculoskeletal) tumors, both benign and malignant, as well as tumor-like conditions of the bone.
All cases are reviewed and discussed by the Multidisciplinary Musculoskeletal Tumor Board. This review board was conceived in 1991 and it was the first interdisciplinary panel focusing on a specific topic at UCLA. Diagnoses are confirmed and all potentials treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy are considered and discussed. The goal in dealing with malignant bone and soft tissue-tumors of the musculoskeletal system is to save both the life and limb, while maximizing the function of the limb.
UCLA has been a pioneer in the development of limb-sparing surgical strategies for both malignant bone tumors and soft-tissue sarcomas. It also has one of the largest series of metal implants (endoprostheses) for bone tumors and resections for soft-tissue sarcomas.
The Orthopaedic Oncology Program is primarily affiliated with the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Additional outpatient care is also be provided at UCLA orthopaedic centers in Santa Monica and Westwood, and for children and young adults, the Renee and Meyer Luskin Children's Clinic in Santa Monica.
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