Bone Tumors

Nemours treats bone tumors in children with a comprehensive approach.

At Nemours, we treat the whole child, not just the condition. Our team approach to treating bone tumors in children brings together experts from a variety of related specialties to provide your child with the best possible treatment. Working together, we offer the most comprehensive and effective care for children with pediatric bone tumors.

 
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The compassionate expertise of our doctors — coupled with our kid-friendly, family-centered atmosphere — helps to minimize the stress families and patients often experience throughout the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation process of pediatric bone tumors.

Bone tumors occur often in children and adolescents. They may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), though benign tumors are more common. Both kinds may grow and affect healthy bone tissue, but benign bone tumors in children do not spread to other parts of the body and are rarely life-threatening.

Pediatric bone tumors may be caused by either primary bone cancer or cancer that has spread to the bone from another part of the body. Primary bone cancer is rare, with approximately 2,500 new cases diagnosed among adults and children in the United States each year.

Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Phone: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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To schedule an appointment, please call (904) 697-3701.

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Support Services
  • CaringBridge: A free site offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized
  • Plan Your Visit: Learn what to expect when you visit us, from overnight stays to preparing for surgery

At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, our team approach to treating bone tumors in children brings together our experts from the Department of Orthopedics and other related specialties, such as Hematology/Oncology, as well as specialists from the Mayo Clinic to provide your child with the best possible treatment. Working together with our partners at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, we offer the most comprehensive and effective care for children with pediatric bone tumors.

Sitting on the banks of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, our modern clinic brings together top pediatric specialists and serves as a regional referral source for infants, children, and adolescents in northeast Florida, southeast Georgia, and beyond.

At Nemours, we treat the whole child, not just the condition. The compassionate expertise of our doctors — coupled with our child-centered, family-oriented atmosphere — helps to minimize the stress families and patients often experience throughout the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation process.

 
Giving Children With Bone Tumors the Best Chance at a Full Life

Until recently, amputation was typically the only option for malignant pediatric bone tumors affecting the limbs. But, using the latest specialized surgical techniques and recent advances in research, our physicians have found that they can save a child’s limbs in many cases. Following surgery, we work closely with your family and primary care doctor to provide rehabilitation and long-term follow-up care.

Thanks to our membership in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG, a national cooperative research organization that develops and tests innovative surgical and medical treatments for pediatric and adolescent cancers) we provide families with the most up-to-date treatments for bone tumors in children.

 
Types of Pediatric Bone Tumors We Treat
At the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville we treat:
  • A variety of benign bone tumors in children, including:
    • Unicameral (simple) bone cyst
    • Aneurysmal cyst (a blood-filled, tumor like cyst) 
    • Chondroblastoma (a rare benign tumor consisting of cells that produce cartilage)
    • Fibroxanthoma
  • Malignant (cancerous) pediatric bone tumors, including:
    • Osteogenic sarcoma (also called osteosarcoma)
    • Ewing sarcoma

Our team has special experience and expertise with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia (also called McCune-Albright syndrome or the Albright syndrome). In this syndrome, there is bone disease with fractures and deformity of the legs, arms, and skull; pigment patches of the skin; and endocrine (hormonal) symptoms including early puberty (early menstruation, development of breasts and pubic hair) and an increased rate of growth.

 
Our Comprehensive Treatment of Bone Tumors in Children
Helping children with bone tumors from diagnosis through treatment, our extensive pediatric bone tumor services include:
  • Tumor staging
  • Medical imaging evaluation, including computed tomography (CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, and ultrasound
  • Diagnostic biopsy
  • Surgical management, including resection (removal of a portion or all of a tumor) and reconstruction
  • Reconstruction options, including:
    • conventional grafts (replacing tissue with either natural or synthetic materials)
    • large segment allografts (replacing tissue with tissue donated by another person)
    • modular and custom endoprosthetic replacement (reconstruction that uses an internal prosthetic)
  • Prosthetic fabrication and fitting for children who need amputation (a prosthesis — or prosthetic — is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part, such as an arm or a leg)

Whatever kind of pediatric bone tumor you're facing, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.