Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Bone Cancer Treatment
If your bone cancer treatments include surgery, you’ll feel more comfortable with board-certified orthopedic surgeons that have additional specialty training in adult and pediatric oncology.
Determining your Treatment Options
Bone cancer treatments at Fletcher Allen are based on the type of bone cancer you have, its size and location, the extent (called stage) of the cancer, your overall health and your preferences. Your team of doctors will take all of that into account with the treatments they recommend.
Bone Cancer Treatments in Burlington, VT
- Bone cancer treatments at Fletcher Allen include:
- Cancer Surgery
- Surgery that Spares the Limbs
- Surgery that Doesn’t Affect the Limbs
- Radiation Therapy
Chemotherapy for Bone Cancer
Chemotherapy treats cancer by destroying cancer cells using different types of medication.
Bone Cancer Surgery
The goal of cancer surgery is to remove all of the cancer. To get the entire bone cancer, our cancer surgeons (called surgical oncologists) remove the tumor and a small part of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. Several types of surgery used to treat bone cancer include:
Bone cancers that are large or located in a complicated point on the bone may require amputation, which is surgery to remove all or part of an arm or leg (called limbs). As bone cancer treatments advance, this procedure is becoming less common. If you have an amputation, it is likely you'll be fitted with an artificial limb after surgery and receive training on how to do everyday tasks using your new limb.
Surgery that Spares the Limbs
Sometimes the bone cancer can be separated from nerves and other tissue. If this happens, the surgical oncologist may remove the bone cancer but spare the limb. Bone removed during surgery can be replaced with a piece of bone from another part of the body or with a special metal replacement (called prosthesis).
Surgery that Doesn’t Affect the Limbs
Usually, bone cancer affects the long bones of the arms and legs, but it can affect other bones such as a rib. If this occurs to you, the surgical oncologist may remove the bone and some surrounding tissue. Or the surgeon may remove the cancer while preserving as much of the bone as possible, such as bone cancer in the spine. Bone removed during surgery can be replaced with a piece of bone from another part of the body or with a special metal prosthesis.
Radiation Therapy for Bone Cancer
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to destroy cancer cells.
Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call 877-540-HOPE (4673).