The UF Health Musculoskeletal Oncology Program at Jacksonville
provides full services for the evaluation, treatment and surgical care of patients
with tumors of the bones, muscles and soft tissues of the extremities.
Staffed by specially trained faculty orthopaedic surgeons of the
University of Florida Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
and part of the UF Health Cancer Center at Jacksonville,
the program offers consultation for patients with unexpected radiographic (x-ray)
findings, evaluation of "lumps and bumps" of the extremities and treatment of patients
with known or suspected bone involvement or spread (metastases) from other cancers.
Most often, the bone is affected by cancers spread from the
lung or kidney.
In addition to specific oncology services, our physicians are regional experts on
amputation techniques, whether for cancer or traumatic injuries. This includes patients
who have poor function in the remaining portion of the amputated limb or pain that
prevents prosthetic fitting and might benefit from a revision of the residual limb.
A multidisciplinary clinic environment for amputees provides ongoing care and maximizes
their functional abilities and comfort.
Specialists within UF Health Musculoskeletal Oncology treat both adult and pediatric
patients with benign and malignant tumors of the musculoskeletal system, either
primary (originating in the bone itself) or spread from cancers in other locations
(metastatic). Metastatic tumors to the bone are evaluated in collaboration with
the other cancer specialists in radiation oncology
and medical oncology.
Primary malignant tumors include:
- Ewing's sarcoma
- Soft tissue sarcomas
Benign primary tumors include:
- Aneursymal bone cysts
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Giant cell tumor of bone
- Simple or unicameral bone cysts
Benign soft tissue tumors include:
Additionally, many non-tumors or tumor-like conditions are treated, including metabolic
bone diseases, chronic infections, systemic diseases affecting the musculoskeletal
system or congenital skeletal diseases.