Treating Your Tumor
- Surgery: Physical removal of the tumor through use of instruments. Malignant tumors are generally removed with a region of normal tissue about the tumor in order to ensure that no tumor is left behind. Successful tumor removal is determined by a pathologist, whom assesses the margins of the tumor. The goal is to obtain “negative” margins, which indicates that the tumor is not present at the margins of the specimen. Benign tumors may be removed with positive margins.
- Chemotherapy: Intravenous infusion of medications that are toxic to the tumor with the goal of killing the tumor.
- Radiation therapy: The application of ionizing radiation to the tumor in order to cause damage to the tumor’s DNA and prevent the tumor cells from dividing.
The Center for Surgical Innovation is the only surgical center in the world that permits intraoperative MRI and CaT scanning. All patients with sarcomas and other tumors of the bones and joints have the ability to have their surgery performed in the Center for Surgical Innovation at no additional cost