What to Expect from Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment
A bone cancer or soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis can feel overwhelming, but the team at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute is here to help. We explain your treatment options and prepare you for every stage of care — before, during and after treatment. Here’s what to expect.
Before cancer treatment
You will see the same orthopedic cancer doctor from diagnosis to treatment, recovery and follow-up visits. Your doctor reviews your diagnosis, explains your treatment options and works with you to create a customized treatment plan.
During cancer treatment
Your treatment will vary depending on the type and stage of cancer. Your doctor explains when you need to come in for chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. We also give you detailed guidelines before surgery to help you prepare, so you can have the best possible outcome.
Your nurse navigator also helps schedule your appointments and streamline your care as much as possible. We plan for you to see multiple specialists in the same visit whenever we can.
Care from multiple specialists
During your cancer treatment, several specialists consult on your care. Your doctor discusses your case during tumor boards, which are regular meetings with other cancer experts, such as medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Including multiple experts means you receive care that’s comprehensive and appropriate for your unique needs. Our team includes:
- Orthopedic oncologists, who specialize in diagnosing, and treating bone and musculoskeletal conditions
- Medical oncologists, who specialize in delivering chemotherapy and other powerful drugs to treat cancer
- Pathologists, who diagnose and stage tumors
- Radiologists, who use advanced medical imaging technology to diagnose cancer
- Radiation oncologists, who prescribe, administer and monitor specialized radiation treatments
We believe every patient should have access to excellent health care. Our bone cancer and soft tissue cancer care providers represent their diverse community. Learn more about our team.
Communication with your primary care provider
We work closely with your primary care provider or other referring doctor. Keeping your care team informed helps ensure that your other medical care continues smoothly during and after treatment. Regular communication also helps us prevent or treat health concerns caused by cancer treatment.
After cancer treatment
Your Henry Ford care team supports you long after you finish cancer treatment. You have regular follow-up appointments to monitor your health and check for any signs of recurrence (cancer returning). If you can’t make it to our office, we offer convenient virtual visits for routine follow-up appointments and questions. We also provide ongoing physical therapy, which may last up to a year after surgery.
We stay in touch with many of our patients for years after treatment and enjoy hearing about their lives. Meet other cancer survivors through our virtual cancer support groups and read patient stories.