The Musculoskeletal Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at OIC was the first of its kind in the Western United States when it opened its doors in 1962. It remains one of a few centers in the nation dedicated specifically to bone tumors.
From its inception the program has utilized a multidisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive care for children with benign and malignant tumors involving bone and soft tissue.
The Musculoskeletal Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at OIC prides itself on having assembled the most balanced, multi-disciplinary tumor team in Los Angeles, and one of the most comprehensive teams in the country. The team strives to accommodate the patient's needs and emotional concerns, while providing optimum tumor care.
The tumor team includes surgeons, chemotherapists, pathologists, radiation therapists, electron microscopists, radiologists, social workers and nurse specialists.
As with all rare diseases, a dedicated center improves outcomes and lowers complication rates. Orthopaedic Institute for Children has documented these improvements. In addition to the clinical program, OIC is devoted to ongoing basic science research in bone tumors, microvascular surgery, and prosthetic design.