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Orthopedic Oncology Program

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

Ours is the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region that has a specialized team of professionals dedicated to the care and treatment of childhood bone and soft tissue tumors.

Our Orthopedic Oncology Program is noted for its success with limb-sparing surgery, which allows children to preserve the function of limbs (arms and legs) affected by Ewing’s sarcoma, osteosarcoma and other bone tumors.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for bone tumors?

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

We understand that not knowing if a child’s newly discovered tumor is benign or malignant 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 Hospital 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 Oncology Program has a multidisciplinary team that includes a surgeon with more than 20 years of experience specializing in orthopedic oncology, a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, and a nurse coordinator. The team has more than 40 years of combined experience in the field of orthopedic oncology.

Tumor conditions we treat

Some common malignant tumors/conditions treated include:

We also treat many benign (non-cancerous) bone or soft tissue tumors including simple bone cysts, osteochondromas, non-ossifying fibromas and osteoid osteomas. Additionally, the Orthopedic Oncology Program manages other problems 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 developing studies focused on quality of life issues for children with bone and soft tissue cancers.

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