How are pediatric sarcomas treated?
Treatment depends on the type, stage, location and size of the tumor, and may include:
- Surgery to remove the tumor. Our surgeons are specialized in pediatric orthopedic oncology orthopedics and perform limb salvage procedures to remove tumors, while preserving the affected arms and legs. We also provide prosthesis fitting and training if needed.
- Chemotherapy, a systemic medical treatment that goes throughout the body in search of tumor cells to kill, no matter where they are.
- Radiation therapy, which may include intensity-modulated radiotherapy or proton therapy, which delivers high doses of radiation to control and manage cancer while significantly reducing damage to healthy tissue and vital organs. Miami Cancer Institute was among the first centers in the United States to offer this treatment.
Your child may also need:
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.
Pediatric Support Services
Our Pediatric Support Center team addresses the social and emotional needs of your child and provides support to the whole family, including siblings. We provide a compassionate environment, engaging activities and a range of complementary therapies to make sure your child remains psychologically healthy during the treatment process and beyond.
Miami Cancer Institute designed a space where kids can receive the necessary treatments while being immersed in a technological experience that positively affects their outcomes. The Infusionarium uses virtual reality and live feeds to connect patients to an experience that can help ease the effects of chemotherapy.