Bone & Soft-tissue Tumor Program

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.

Our Team


Orthopedic oncologist

Radiation oncologists

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.

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. We emphasize limb preservation whenever possible.

Conditions We Treat

The conditions we treat most often include:

  • Osteosarcoma. This cancer begins in the bones and is the most common type of bone cancer. It most commonly affects teens during a growth spurt.
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma. 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.
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma. 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.
  • Benign growths. 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.
  • Synovial sarcoma. A soft tissue cancer that occurs near the joints in the arms or legs.
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Cancer that develops in the connective tissue that surrounds and protects the nerves.
  • Desmoid tumors. Non-cancerous growths on the connective tissue that form ligaments and tendons in the arms, legs and abdomen.
  • Undifferentiated sarcoma. Cancers that can occur anywhere in the body but cannot be otherwise classified.

We also are experienced at diagnosing, treating and managing other very rare sarcomas and benign bone tumors that cause symptoms.

Diagnostic Tests

New patients receive a comprehensive evaluation that may include:

  • Physical exam
  • X-ray evaluation
  • Pathologic evaluation. Doctors will study the cells of the growth, tumor or sarcoma to determine the type of cancer or benign growth. This information allows them to choose the best treatment for your child.


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.

Treatments vary depending on your child’s specific type of bone tumor or sarcoma.

  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a medicine that destroys cancer cells. It may be used before surgery to shrink a tumor. It is also used after surgery to get rid of cancer cells that do not show up on imaging scans.
  • Radiation therapy. 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.
  • Surgical resection. 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.
  • Limb preservation. 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.
  • Rehabilitation therapy

Clinical Trials

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:

  • New chemotherapy drugs
  • Medicines that slow growth factors tied to osteosarcomas
  • Combined chemotherapy and radiation to target tumor cells

Download a list of currently enrolling treatment studies.

Resources for Families

Visit these websites to learn more about bone tumors and sarcomas:

  • This website provides information about the types of sarcomas and their treatment.
  • National Cancer Institute. This government website offers information about the different kinds of bone cancers and soft tissue sarcomas and treatments.
  • American Cancer Society. This nonprofit website includes an overview of bone tumors and sarcomas that develop in children.

Contact & Appointments

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the Bone Tumor and Sarcoma Program, please call 501-364-1494. Appointments may need to be by referral from your child’s pediatrician.


Hematology-Oncology Clinic, First floor of the South Wing
1 Children’s Way, Slot 512-10
Little Rock, AR 72202
Office: 501-364-1494
Fax: 501-364-3634