Doctors Specializing in Orthopaedic Oncology

Robert H. Quinn, M.D. (MARC - UT Medicine) Click for information

Rajiv Rajani, M.D. (MARC - UT Medicine) Click for information

Zachary Child, M.D. (MARC - UT Medicine) Click for information

All Orthopaedic Clinic Locations

MARC - UT Medicine Click for information

Audie L. Murphy Memorial Verterans Hospital (VA) Click for information

UH Trauma Clinic Click for information

Texas Diabetes Institute Click for information

UT Kids - Pediatric Orthopaedics (Robert B Green Campus - Downtown)   Click for information

UT Cancer Therapy and Research Center  Click for information

Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center, Laredo, TX  Click for information

Areas of Specialization - Orthopaedic Oncology


dr rajani with patientOur approach to treating patients

Musculoskeletal Oncology is a unique sub-specialty within Orthopaedic Surgery. We deal with bone and soft tissue tumors that range from the benign chronic lesions and masses to highly aggressive malignant tumors. Our team feels the most important part of the physician patient relationship is honesty and trust. Without these, neither of us can be successful.

Bone and soft tissue tumors are rare. Although far and away most are benign, it is our responsibility to analyze the history, physical examination, imaging, and potentially biopsy of these masses to determine the proper treatment. We work intimately with our pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Tumors can be extremely stressful for the patient without proper education. Our responsibility is to educate you on the tumor and how best to handle them. We see ourselves as a service to the community and are pleased to serve the greater San Antonio area.

Remember, don't hesitate to ask questions! You're supposed to!

 


The University of Texas Health Science Center Orthopaedic doctors play a pivotal role in the lives of patients at University Hospital, especially those who help children.  You can read about one such story of how Dr. Rajani made possible a future for Damon.

Click here to watch Damon’s Story *

 

*courtesy of University Health Systems


Conditions we treat.

Orthopaedic Oncology/Surgery

Bone Tumors: Diagnostics for all Bone Tumors

  • Biopsy
  • Surgical Resection with reconstruction or amputation
  • Reconstruction with allograft or metal prostheses

Chondrosarcoma

  • Surgical Resection of tumors along with reconstructions

Metastatic disease to the skeleton

  • Surgical resection
  • Local treatments including curettage and cementation
  • Prophylactic stabilization

Benign Bone Tumors (Enchondroma, Osteochondroma)

  • Appropriate observation versus surgical excision

Bone cysts

  • Surgical treatment
  • Curettage, bone grafting versus cementation
  • Adjuvant use with high-speed burr, argon gas, phenol

Giant Cell Tumor of bone

  • Surgical treatment
  • Curettage, cementation, prophylactic stabilization
  • Joint reconstruction including arthroplasty
  • Multidisciplinary Management
  • Denosumab treatment

Osteoid osteoma and osteoblastoma

  • Surgical excision
  • Radiofrequency ablation

 

cancer cells

Other facts about bone cancer*

There are three types of bone cancer

Osteosarcoma - occurs most often between ages 10 and 19. It is more common in the knee and upper arm.

Chondrosarcoma - starts in cartilage, usually after age 40

Ewing's sarcoma - occurs most often in children and teens under 19. It is more common in boys than girls.

The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain. Other symptoms vary, depending on the location and size of the cancer. Surgery is often the main treatment for bone cancer. Other treatments may include amputation, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Because bone cancer can come back after treatment, regular follow-up visits are important.

Cancer that starts in a bone is uncommon. Cancer that has spread to the bone from another part of the body is more common.

*Source data - NIH: National Cancer Institute

 

Orthopaedic Oncology

Dr. Robert Quinn, MD

Robert Quinn, MD

Dr. R. Rajani, MD

Rajiv Rajani, MD

Dr. Zachary Child, MD

Zachary Child, MD


 

 

 

 

 

 

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