The Division of Surgical Oncology Program for the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas involves an interdisciplinary approach tailored to individual patients. This involves a multidisciplinary approach with the surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and diagnostic radiologist. The integration of these specialties leads to a high rate of tumor control for extremity sarcomas without amputation. The team evaluates patients and then chooses the best strategies to allow for preservation of the limb, optimal recovery, and optimal tumor control. Strategies such as the integration of preoperative radiation therapy, intraoperative brachytherapy (localized radiation therapy), or postoperative radiation therapy for control are used.
Additionally, the Surgical Oncology Team works in collaboration with Plastic Surgery to allow for optimal recovery and healing following removal of tumors. Following removal of tumors our surgical oncologists work in collaboration with our experienced and dedicated medical oncologists and pathologists to evaluate and optimize care. While soft tissue sarcomas remain a rare malignancy, the University of Pennsylvania Division of Oncology Sarcoma Program treats and evaluates a significant number of patients with both extremity and soft tissue sarcomas and remains a regional and national leader in this disease.