Andrew Kung, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, explains the progress we've made in treating children with cancer.
Treating Ewing sarcoma usually starts with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and prevent new ones from forming. Then, if the tumor is contained enough to be taken out, we perform surgery to remove it. If it isn’t, we use radiation to destroy cancer cells.
Surgery for Ewing Sarcoma
Our Ewing sarcoma surgeons are leaders in performing procedures that not only completely remove tumors but also make sure patients can use the affected body part as freely as possible. In some cases, we can also offer limb-lengthening procedures to restore your child’s bone more fully.
Radiation for Ewing Sarcoma
For tumors that respond well to radiation, our radiation oncologists established the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy. This precisely targets tumors, leaving surrounding healthy tissue unharmed, even when the cancer is near a vital organ.
If a child’s disease returns, other treatments could include a second surgery and/or radiation therapy. Your child may also be eligible for innovative therapies through Ewing sarcoma clinical trials, which offer access to new treatments.