Our 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.
*courtesy of University Health Systems
Conditions we treat.
Bone Tumors: Diagnostics for all Bone Tumors
Surgical Resection with reconstruction or amputation
Reconstruction with allograft or metal prostheses
Surgical Resection of tumors along with reconstructions
Metastatic disease to the skeleton
Local treatments including curettage and cementation
Benign Bone Tumors (Enchondroma, Osteochondroma)
Appropriate observation versus surgical excision
Curettage, bone grafting versus cementation
Adjuvant use with high-speed burr, argon gas, phenol
Giant Cell Tumor of bone
Curettage, cementation, prophylactic stabilization
Joint reconstruction including arthroplasty
Osteoid osteoma and osteoblastoma
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
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