Tumors are abnormal growths in the bone or soft-tissue that can displace healthy tissue. They are most often benign but can be cancerous. Sarcomas are cancers in the connective tissues, including nerves, muscles and bones. When your child is diagnosed with a bone tumor or sarcoma, our highly specialized group of experts is here to help. We use leading-edge treatment techniques to care for pediatric patients with bone and soft tissue tumors.
No matter the type of bone tumor or sarcoma, your child will be in excellent hands at Arkansas Children’s. Our expert team provides care and treatment for a broad range of bone and soft tissue tumors and sarcomas, as well as vascular malformations. Some children may qualify to take part in a clinical trial.
Bone cells can form noncancerous cysts or cartilage-topped extra growths (osteochondromas) near a bone’s growth plate, giant cell tumors, pigmented villonodular synovitis, and other rare tumors. This overgrowth can happen in childhood and teen years.
Non-cancerous growths on the connective tissue that form ligaments and tendons in the arms, legs and abdomen.
This cancerous tumor grows in the soft tissue near bones or the bones. It can form anywhere in the body, often in the arms, legs, ribs, spine and pelvis.
A malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor is a cancer that develops in the connective tissue that surrounds and protects the nerves.
Osteochondroma is a very common type of benign (non-cancerous) tumor in the bone.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common form of soft-tissue cancer in children. This condition is called “rhabdo” for short, and usually appears when children are between ages 2 and 6 and 15 and 19.
Synovial sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that grows in the soft tissues, most often around the joints or muscles.
New patients receive a comprehensive evaluation that may include:
Our membership in several international research groups gives your child access to numerous clinical trials and the most advanced treatments (CTOS, SARC, MSTS, COG). We are participating in studies for initial treatment and treatment of relapsed tumors.
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The number of children who beat bone cancer keeps growing, thanks to the development of new treatments like these. At Arkansas Children’s, we use a multidisciplinary process to diagnose and treat your child’s condition. Treatments vary depending on your child’s specific type of bone tumor or sarcoma.
At Arkansas Children’s your child will have access to a wide range of treatments, from traditional to experimental. Treatments may include chemotherapy.
Our surgeons do everything possible to restore the affected bone or limb. After the affected bone and tissue is removed, the remaining gap in the bone is replaced with a bone graft or an artificial metal part.
Radiation uses special kinds of energy waves or seeds to fight cancer cells and prevent them from growing and spreading. The type of radiation therapy used depends on the kind of cancer being treated.
In some cases, surgery is needed to remove a tumor or to remove sections of bone, muscle or soft tissue that is affected by cancer or benign growth.
Doctors and scientists around the world are testing many new treatments for bone tumors and sarcomas – and we at Arkansas Children’s are helping out, too. Clinical trials ensure your child can receive the most up-to-date care.
Current clinical trials are developing:
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