Surgical Treatment Options

The types of treatment used most often to treat childhood cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow transplantation.  

Surgery is a local therapy that involves the surgical removal of all or part of the cancer. Often, surgery is used with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The type of operation will depend on the location of the main tumor, its size and other individual factors.

Musculoskeletal Oncology Program

Children and adults with any type of benign or cancerous bone or soft tissue mass have access to an ultra-specialized service: the Musculoskeletal Oncology Program at Nationwide Children’s. With a staff devoted exclusively to the removal of these growths — including a special focus on Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma — our offerings lead the nation in expertise, volume and variety.

Our Musculoskeletal Oncology Program focuses on innovative limb salvage strategies and ways to protect quality of life both now and in the future for our patients. We are supported by a robust range of related programs at Nationwide Children’s to help maximize health outcomes, from oncology and child life to adaptive therapies and rehabilitation resources.

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