Living With Sarcoma
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Your treatment options are specific to you. There are several treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, which should be considered. Your doctor will recommend treatment plans that are appropriate for you.
In treating patients with sarcoma, the chief concern is to control the primary tumor and restore function to the patient. Twenty years ago, the standard treatment for any primary malignant bone and soft-tissue sarcomas of the extremities was amputation of the affected arm or leg. Major advances in surgical techniques, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, have revolutionized the treatment of these diseases, and improved patient survival and limb preservation. Today, most patients can be treated by limb-sparing surgery and not amputation.
What is limb-sparing surgery?
Limb-sparing surgery is now a safe and effective method of treatment for many, if not most, individuals. The goal of limb-sparing surgery is the complete removal of the tumor with preservation of limb and function. Surgeons often utilize systems like Stryker’s Global Modular Replacement System (GMRS) to reconstruct bone and joints, due to its durability and flexible surgical options. The GMRS System permits early mobilization for patients that want an all-in-one solution that is designed to retain a quality and spirit of life after bone cancer surgery.