What We Treat

What is sarcoma?

Sarcoma refers to a group of cancers that occur in the bones and soft tissues in various parts of the body. Some of the types treated at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center include:

  • Bone tumors: Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcomas: Rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft tissue sarcomas, including rare sarcomas

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center offers a full range of treatment options for bone tumors and soft tissue sarcomas. We will create a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action. Treatment options include:

  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays which are used to kill or damage cancer cells.
  • Resection: The surgical removal of all or part of the tumor.
  • Amputation (for bone tumors): The removal of part of a limb along with the tumor.
  • Limb-sparing surgery (for bone tumors): Removal of the cancer in the bone without amputation.
  • Rotationplasty (for bone tumors): A portion of a limb with the cancer is surgically removed, while the remaining portion of the limb is rotated and reattached. Typically, the child’s ankle joint becomes his knee joint.
  • Developmental therapeutics: We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or who have difficult to treat cancers through early-phase clinical trials.

A child with a bone tumor or soft tissue sarcoma may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them.

Innovative research

The Aflac Cancer Center is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with bone and soft tissue sarcoma. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country.  

Learn more about these surgical options

Our Unique Approach

We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors.

Our highlights  

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 10 pediatric cancer programs in the country.
  • Our team is experienced and highly skilled in treating children and young adults with all forms of sarcomas—from the most common to those rarely seen outside of the top pediatric centers.
  • We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or have difficult to treat cancers through our developmental therapeutics program.

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Camps, events and support groups

Camps, retreats and other events offer many therapeutic benefits for children and families who are dealing with serious illness.

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Second opinions and international services

We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatment for your child. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

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