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Orthopedic Tumor Program

The Orthopedic Tumor Program at Children's Colorado specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) bone and soft tissue tumors in children, teens and young adults.

The Program is the only one in the Rocky Mountain region with a team of experts dedicated to the treatment of childhood bone and soft tissue tumors. Our Program is known for our success in preserving the best possible functional outcomes for your child. Working closely with a team of specialists we are invested in preserving overall health and the quality of life for kids.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for bone tumors?

The Orthopedic Oncology team at Children's Colorado treats only children, teens and young adults from ages 0-30 – making us experts when it comes to caring for kids, teens and young adults. We are committed to providing personalized service and treatment plans that include the most current surgical techniques available. 

Quick diagnosis and same day appointments

We understand that not knowing if a child’s newly discovered tumor is cancerous or not is very stressful. With that in mind, we offer same-day appointments for patients with concerning tumors and strive to complete all necessary tests and studies to make a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

An entire team of experts caring for your child

For the treatment of cancerous tumors, our surgical team works closely with the pediatric oncologists at our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, experts at University of Colorado Hospital, as well as the radiation oncologists at the nearby University of Colorado Cancer Center. This allows patients to receive their entire course of treatment at Children's Colorado. This also allows us to deliver the most comprehensive and highest quality care possible for your child. We do our best to provide our patients and their families with a seamless experience, from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up care after treatment.

The Orthopedic Tumor Program's care team includes orthopedic surgeons with over 20 years of experience specializing in orthopedic oncology, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, a nurse coordinator and physical therapists specializing in reconstruction surgeries in bone tumors. The team has more than 40 years of combined experience in the field of orthopedic tumor and oncology. We also work with other departments like radiation and pediatric oncologists, pediatric surgeons, social workers and child life specialists.

Tumor conditions we treat

Malignant tumors/conditions treated include:

Benign (non-cancerous) tumors / conditions treated include:

  • Bone cysts
  • Osteochondromas
  • Non-ossifying fibromas
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Osteoid osteomas
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Baker’s cysts
  • Vascular malformations of the extremities

Additionally, the Orthopedic Tumor Program manages other long term conditions found in oncology patients, including avascular necrosis, infection and trauma.

Cancer research and clinical trials for a better tomorrow

Our hospital is a member of Children’s Oncology Group, a national research program for childhood cancers. We are active participants in local and national research projects and are currently involved in studies focused on function and quality of life issues for children with bone and soft tissue cancers.

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