Sarcomas are cancers in the body where there is bone, muscle, or connective tissue (often referred to as soft tissue). Fewer than 1,000 children and young adults (age 20 and younger) in the United States are diagnosed each year with sarcomas. Treatment lasts about six months to one year with follow-up care for 10 years.
Because sarcomas are rare, it is important for families to seek care at a place like Children's Hospital where highly trained professionals are experts in this form of cancer. Children’s Hospital serves as a large referral center for the region, treating about 30 new sarcoma patients each year.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Care
Our Sarcoma Program is led by Scott Borinstein M.D., Ph.D., a board certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist who specializes in the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors. Together with a talented group of nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and support staff, our team works to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer therapy. In addition, our team of doctors works very closely with surgical specialists, radiologists, pathologists, and radiation oncologists to provide integrated, comprehensive cancer care essential for the treatment of these complex tumors.
To lessen some of the stress on patients and families, our Multidisciplinary Pediatric Sarcoma Clinic is a one-stop location for patients with sarcomas to receive expedited therapy and unified, convenient care. The clinic is located within the Hematology and Oncology Clinic on the sixth floor of the Doctors’ Office Tower at Children’s Hospital.
We have a dedicated nurse coordinator who will contact you prior to your child's appointment to make sure you know what to expect and answer any questions. The coordinator will also help you during the day of your clinic visit or treatment.
Finding New Treatments for Pediatric Cancer
We are committed to scientific discovery, with robust programs investigating the basic science of sarcomas. Patrick Grohar, M.D., Ph.D. is leading the charge in the development of new treatments for sarcomas and translating discoveries made in the laboratory to new treatments for patients.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once a diagnosis of sarcoma has been made, our team works closely with the patient and family to develop a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan specifically tailored to the patient. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.
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