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Bone Cancer Surgery Options for the Young Patient

Cancer Newsline - 10/17/2011

Osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma are the most common bone tumors found in children. In the past, amputation was the preferred method for removing tumors, but now there are less invasive bone cancer surgery options available. Valerae Lewis, M.D., Associate Professor in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Orthopaedic Oncology, discusses limb salvage surgery using an expandable prostheses, rotationplasty (the ankle functions as the knee), distraction osteogenesis (regrowing bone), and amputation (still best option for some patients). Lewis stresses how important it is for the child to be involved in the procedure decision.

Guest: Valerae Lewis, M.D.

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