Managing radiation complications in orthopaedic oncology

By Maureen Leahy

Tips on surgery and fracture management from the MSTS

Radiotherapy is a valuable adjunct to surgery in treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas, but the late effects of radiation can be significant (Fig. 1), according to H. Thomas Temple, MD, professor of orthopaedics and pathology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Speaking at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) 2011 Specialty Day Program, Dr. Temple explained that patients’ responses to radiation are unpredictable due to tumor heterogeneity, variability of normal tissue response, and individual patient variability.

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