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Orthopedic Oncology Specialist

Herrick J. Siegel, MD

Total Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist located in Birmingham, AL

When it comes to cancers of your bones or soft tissue, you need someone on your medical team who understands both your musculoskeletal system and the behavior of cancer. Herrick J. Siegel, MD, offers orthopedic oncology and is the only specialist in Birmingham, Alabama, to do so. If you’re in the Birmingham area and you’d like to learn more, please call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Orthopedic Oncology

What is orthopedic oncology?

Orthopedic oncology is a specialization that’s devoted to people of all ages with tumors in their bones or soft tissue, whether primary or a metastasis. There are a group of cancers called sarcomas that often develop in your bones or soft tissue. And when it comes to diagnosing and treating these tumors, a doctor who specializes in orthopedic oncology, like Dr. Siegel, has a better overall grasp of the situation.

In addition to primary tumors, bone metastases are not uncommon with certain types of cancer, such as:

  • Thyroid
  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Prostrate
  • Kidney

Whether your cancer started in your bones or soft tissue, or it spread there from another area, Dr. Siegel helps you find the best path forward for eliminating cancer, while preserving your body’s inner structures.

What diagnostic tools are used in orthopedic oncology?

One of the most important aspects of orthopedic oncology is the ability to expertly diagnose the problem in order to formulate the best treatment plan. Size, location, and whether the tumor or lesion is primary or a metastasis all play critical roles, which is why Dr. Siegel turns to a number of advanced diagnostic tools, including:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan
  • SPECT scan

Each of these diagnostic tools helps Dr. Siegel identify the pathologic characteristics of cancer to determine next steps.

What treatments are offered under orthopedic oncology?

With his thorough understanding of the human musculoskeletal system, Dr. Siegel is better able to direct treatment in an effort to eradicate cancer while preserving the integrity of your bone or soft tissue.

With many cancers of the bone and soft tissue, as well as metastases, radiation and chemotherapy play integral roles. Unfortunately, radiation can greatly compromise the structural integrity of your tissue, especially your bone, which is where Dr. Siegel can help. As an orthopedic oncology surgeon, he can repair fractures or shore up damaged bone so that you don’t sacrifice any functionality in your battle against cancer.

If you’d like to learn more about the orthopedic oncology services Dr. Siegel offers, please call the office or request an appointment online to set up a consultation.