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USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center

USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center2021-05-27T15:45:04+00:00

Our Program

The USC Musculoskeletal Oncology Center at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles offers comprehensive care for the treatment of rare and complex musculoskeletal tumors (tumors that develop in muscles, bones and nerves). Common musculoskeletal tumors include endochondromas, osteochondromas, nonossifying fibromas, chondroblastomas, osteoid osteomas, osteoblastomas, leiomyomas, rhabdomyomas, periosteal chondroma, giant cell tumor, chondromyxoid fibroma, sarcomas and secondary metastatic tumors. Despite the rarity of these tumors, our center is active, high-volume and staffed by a very experienced team who offer a wide variety of options in the treatment of these conditions.

Tumors are usually treated by chemotherapy, radiation and surgery or a combination of all three. The center offers stereotactic radiosurgery, including limb salvage surgery, minimally invasive tumor resection, cryoblation, radiofrequency ablation and bloodless sarcoma surgery. The center was one of the first to utilize cryoblation, which kills cancerous cells by freezing tissue. We also have access to 3-D computer imaging for surgical navigation.

Our Approach

We offer innovative, tailored approaches in the treatment of musculoskeletal tumors. Our approach to treatment is multidisciplinary and collaborative with colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgical pathology, occupational and physical therapy, social services and pain management. Our patients become integral members of this cross-disciplinary team, taking an active role in their own treatment and receiving personalized, unique care.

In addition to being one of the first to utilize cryoblation, our experts are pioneers in the field of implants, having developed one that replaces the hip socket after removal of a tumor in the pelvis. The center has a dedicated metastatic bone tumor team, which brings together bone cancer surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, physical therapists and plastic surgeons to coordinate all the options patients may need for metastatic tumors.

Advanced Surgical Care

Our Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program can help reduce pain, shorten your hospital stay and improve your overall surgical experience.

Learn about ERAS

Overall physician rating

Orthopaedics Musculoskeletal Oncology Rating
4.7out of 5
141 Ratings

What are patients saying about us

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4.7out of 5(141 Ratings, 23 Comments)
Jul 13, 2021

Noticed the other physicians in training didn't come in to check my range of motion, etc. However, saw Dr. Menendez faster, and had another newer physician shadow him which was more involved with the exam than others in the past that had shadowed.


Our Physicians

Alexander B. Christview profile

Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Care Medical Group
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Orthopedic Oncology

Lawrence R. Menendezview profile
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Tumors of the Musculoskeletal System in Adults and Children, Musculoskeletal Infection, Limb Sparing Tumor Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology

Keck Medicine of USC
Univeristy of Southern California
Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area.