Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer Treatment
Bone and soft tissue cancer care at Rush may include one or more of the following treatment options, depending on the type and stage of the cancer.
Chemotherapy and other drug regimens
Different types of chemotherapies are used to target sarcomas and soft tissue cancers, and two or more drugs may be used together as a combination therapy. These drugs include the following:
Bone and soft tissue cancer patients are treated by a member of our oncology team who focuses on bone and soft tissue cancers; this focus gives physicians a unique understanding of how to most effectively treat bone and soft tissue cancers using the technology available at Rush. Radiation options include the following:
- Brachytherapy, in which radioactive sources are placed inside the body, allowing doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation to more specific areas
- Image-guided radiotherapy, the use of frequent imaging during radiation therapy, which improves the precision of treatment
- TomoTherapy, real-time 3-D CT technology, which provides more accurate imaging, making it possible to direct a higher dose of radiation at a tumor with lower risk of affecting surrounding tissues and organs
- The Rush Orthopedic Cancer and Transplant Program team is one of only a few in the nation and among the first in Chicago to perform limb-sparing surgical procedures for people affected by bone and soft tissue cancers.
- Physicians and surgeons at Rush are pioneers in the use of bone substitutes, human bone transplants (allogratfts) for adults and self-lengthening implants for children.
- If a limb cannot be saved, the program performs amputation and provides state-of-the-art, on-site prosthetics services.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Rush offers complementary and alternative medicine therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery and massage, can enhance traditional cancer treatments by easing muscle tension, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing nausea, relieving pain and increasing energy.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
To schedule an appointment, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
1611 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612