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 the CyberKnife®, 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.
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, involved in the treatment decisions 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.
Practicing LocationsKeck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
Tumors of the Musculoskeletal System in Adults and Children, Musculoskeletal Infection, Limb Sparing Tumor Surgery