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Effective treatment for bone cancer or soft tissue sarcoma starts with an accurate diagnosis. The Henry Ford Cancer Institute uses advanced tests to diagnose cancer and tailor a treatment plan for you.
During diagnosis, we find out:
Our orthopedic cancer specialists have access to an array of tools to provide a precise diagnosis.
We may use one or more of these diagnostic imaging techniques to detect bone cancer and soft tissue sarcoma, including:
We use biopsy to confirm a cancer diagnosis and find out how quickly cancer cells are growing. We use a needle or make an incision in your skin to remove and test a tissue sample from the tumor.
Henry Ford pathologists can quickly analyze and diagnose tissue samples while you’re still in the operating room. This process helps us confirm that we have found and removed all cancerous areas. Your doctor can adjust the operation as needed, so you can avoid repeated operations.
Once we diagnose cancer, your doctor explains your treatment options and works with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Your doctor also explains what to expect from bone cancer or soft tissue sarcoma treatment.
Your doctor may recommend genetic testing if your family history includes certain cancers or inherited conditions. Henry Ford’s cancer team is specially trained to interpret the results of genetic tests and explain what these results mean for you.
We may recommend genetic testing for bone cancer if you have a family history of one of these conditions:
Noncancerous bone conditions, including Paget’s disease or osteochondroma, can also increase your risk of developing osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Your doctor may recommend ongoing medical screenings in this situation.
A family history of certain inherited conditions can put you at higher risk for soft tissue sarcomas. Genetic testing can detect the genes that cause these conditions:
Talk with a doctor to find out if you should have genetic testing. And see your doctor immediately if you notice any lumps or growths.
Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.
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