Sarcoma Cancer Program
Sarcomas are cancers that begin in bone or soft tissues (the tissues that surround and support the body, including tendons, muscle, joints, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels, and fat cells). These cancers can occur anywhere in the body, and both adults and children can develop them.
Sarcomas are both highly complex and rare cancers – there are more than 75 types of soft-tissue and bone sarcomas, which arise from connective tissues. However, less than one percent of all patients with cancer have sarcoma.
The best patient outcomes depend on finding a physician who is familiar with these cancers, which can be challenging because of their relative rarity. Many community oncologists do not see them in their practices, and, in the case of soft tissue sarcomas, they may be mistaken for benign (non-cancerous) soft tissue tumors, which are much more common.
Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Maki, a leader in soft-tissue and bone sarcoma research, the Sarcoma Cancer Program is part of The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Health System. Mount Sinai has experts in diagnosing and treating all types of sarcomas. We provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
Our physicians treat every type of adult and pediatric sarcoma, including:
- Soft-tissue sarcomas, such as leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, angiosarcoma, and UPS/MFH (undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma/malignant fibrous histiocytoma)
- GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor)
- Bone cancers, such as osteogenic sarcoma and chondrosarcoma
- Other aggressive soft tissue tumors, such as desmoid tumors/deep fibromatosis
- Ewing Sarcoma of bone and soft tissue
Our Multidisciplinary Team
We offer a multidisciplinary team approach that brings together specialists who provide compassionate, personalized care. This includes medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; pediatric oncologists; nurses; pathologists; diagnostic and interventional radiologists; and orthopedic, otolaryngologic, thoracic, and reconstructive surgeons.
Our team of experts oversees all aspects of therapy to ensure optimal outcomes for patients with all forms of sarcoma. They meet weekly in the Sarcoma and Orthopedic Oncology Conference to review the best approach to each patient’s situation. Embedded within one of the nation’s leading hospitals and a highly ranked medical school, we have the advantage of being able to draw on vast resources, including specialists and researchers spanning various disciplines.
Support for Patients and Caregivers
We are dedicated to providing the best care to patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. This includes compassionate nursing; and nutritional consultations, counseling services, and support groups at our Ruttenberg Treatment Center.
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