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 sarcomas and sarcomas of the bone.
The Program includes orthopedic physicians, dermatologists, diagnostic radiologists, medical oncologists, pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists, all with specific expertise in the treatment and care of patients with sarcoma. A dedicated patient coordinator facilitates patient appointments and communication, coordinates services, and supports each patient and their family. Clinical trials are also available to patients through Yale Cancer Center, bringing the latest treatment options for sarcomas to our clinics to benefit our patients.
- Wide local excision: Surgery to remove the cancer and some healthy tissue around it.
- Limb-sparing surgery: Removal of the tumor in an arm or leg without amputation, so the use and appearance of the arm or leg is saved. Most patients with sarcoma of the bone, or osteosarcoma, in a limb can be treated with limb-sparing surgery. The tumor is removed and the tissue and bone that are removed may be replaced with a graft using tissue and bone taken from another part of the patient’s body, or with an implant such as artificial bone.
- Amputation: In some instances, it is not possible to remove the entire tumor in limb-sparing surgery and therefore amputation may be considered to remove part or all of an arm or leg. The patient may be fitted with a prosthesis, an artificial limb, after amputation.