In this study, researchers are comparing two different surgical approaches regularly used to treat cancer that has spread to and weakened the femur (thighbone). They are looking to see if there are differences after surgery in function, quality of life, pain control, and possible complications in patients who have had these procedures.
Patients in this study will be randomly assigned to one of two surgeries:
- “Hip, Ball, Rod, and Cement” (long-stem cemented hemiarthroplasty), in which the ball of the hip is replaced with a metal ball, and a rod is placed inside the femur with cement to keep the implant in place.
- “Rod and Screws” (intramedullary nailing), in which a metal rod is placed inside the femur and secured in place with metal screws just below the hip and above the knee.