When it comes to battling sarcoma, the first order of business is to surgically eradicate cancer, if possible. Orthopedic oncologist Herrick J. Siegel, MD, performs these complex surgeries, providing his patients in Birmingham, Alabama, with the first crucial step toward defeating sarcoma. If you’ve been diagnosed with sarcoma, call the office or schedule a consultation online to find out about your surgical options.
Sarcoma is a catchall term for more than 70 different types of cancers that affect your bones or the soft connective tissues surrounding your bones, including your:
Sarcomas can develop almost anywhere in the body and typically present as a tumor.
Thankfully, sarcoma is a rare type of cancer, striking approximately 14,000 people each year in the United States. But if it does strike, you need to have the top experts on your side, including an orthopedic oncologist like Dr. Siegel.
One of the first lines of defense when fighting cancer of all kinds is to excise the cluster of cancerous cells (tumor) before it has a chance to spread, and this is certainly true of sarcoma.
Since sarcoma can strike so many different soft tissues, as well as bones, and in almost every location of your body, there’s no single “sarcoma surgery.” In fact, no two sarcoma surgeries are alike, as Dr. Siegel tailors each procedure to best meet each of his patient’s unique needs.
That said, the goal of all sarcoma surgeries is to fully eradicate the diseased tissue while preserving as much functionality as possible.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to removing a sarcoma tumor is for Dr. Siegel to take approximately 1-2 centimeters of healthy tissue surrounding your tumor. After your surgery, the tissue is studied under a microscope to determine whether there are cancerous cells around the margins.
If there are no cancer cells (negative margins), the news is good and surgery may be your only treatment. If your margins are positive for cancer cells, you will most likely have to follow up your sarcoma surgery with adjunct treatments, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Again, each case of sarcoma is different, but rest assured that Dr. Siegel is with you every step of the way, ensuring you receive the treatment you need.
To learn more about sarcoma surgery, call the office to set up a consultation or request an appointment online.