Carolinas HealthCare System's team of medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, general surgeons and plastic surgeons at Levine Cancer Institute provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal tumors. Our team of specialists uses the latest technology to accurately diagnose and treat every patient with the goal of destroying the disease while preserving function.
Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that can develop from fat, muscle, nerve, fibrous tissues surrounding joints, blood vessels or deep skin tissues. They can develop anywhere in the body, including the arms or legs, trunk, head and neck area, internal organs, or the back of the abdominal cavity.
Bone tumors may be noncancerous or cancerous. Noncancerous bone tumors are more common than cancerous ones. Both types may grow and compress healthy bone tissue and absorb or replace it with abnormal tissue.
Cancer that develops in the bone, referred to as primary bone cancer, is not the same disease as cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body. Primary bone cancer is rare, with approximately 2,500 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. More commonly, bones are the site of tumors that result from the spread of cancer from another organ such as the breast, lungs and prostate.