Cancer & Tumors
Sutter Orthopaedic Institute
While most tumors found in the bones, muscles and joints are benign; they often require removal by an orthopedic surgeon. Patients are often referred to a Sutter orthopedic surgeon to remove the tumor or cyst and repair any damage caused. In the event of a malignant tumor or cancer directly affecting the bones or joint, a Sutter orthopedic surgeon may work as part of a cancer treatment team in conjunction with Sutter Cancer Services. An orthopedic surgeon's special knowledge, experience and skill at surgical techniques such as arthroscopic surgery add important expertise to a patient's cancer treatment team.
To find out more about tumors and cysts of the bones, joints and muscles, see the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons section on tumors, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS), and American Cancer Society.
In addition to current treatments, several Sutter orthopedic surgeons and cancer specialists are actively involved in clinical trials through Sutter Institute for Medical Research and Sutter Cancer Service, providing patients access to the latest advances in cancer care. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk to your doctor about current clinical trials seeking volunteers.