The Sarcoma Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital is a multidisciplinary team of physicians specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with both soft tissue sarcoma and sarcoma of the bone.
Diagnostic tools at Smilow Cancer Hospital used to diagnose sarcomas include basic X-ray; CT scanning, excellent at seeing both bone and soft tissues; MRI, which has the ability to "view" the tissue in and around bone with exquisite detail; and PET scanning that is able to look at biological activity at the cellular level.
The Program includes orthopedic physicians, dermatologists, diagnostic radiologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists, all with specific expertise in the treatment and care of patients with sarcoma.
Clinical trials are also available to patients through Yale Cancer Center, bringing the latest treatment options to our clinics to benefit our patients.
Most patients receive a course of multi-drug chemotherapy and/or radiation first, followed by limb-sparing surgery for sarcomas of the bone, which removes the tumor without amputation, and more chemotherapy.