National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

orthopaedic oncology physicians

From left: Frank Frassica, MD, Matthew Wallace, MD, MBA, Albert Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA, orthopaedic cancer specialists

The National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers compassionate, multidisciplinary care for children, adolescents, and adults with primary bone and soft tissue tumors, both benign and malignant, as well as metastatic disease. Our comprehensive approach to treating these rare tumors incorporates every resource we have to ensure our patients receive the best treatment available. Working with patients, their families, and referring physicians, our dedicated specialists provide expert guidance and support throughout the diagnosis and treatment process.

Patients benefit from the latest advances in medical and surgical treatments for bone and soft tissue tumors. This includes minimally invasive diagnostic biopsies and the revolutionary CyberKnife®, to target tumors that were previously inoperable. Limb-sparing surgery is utilized for most bone and soft tissue cancers, using advanced techniques to avoid the need for amputation.

Treatment plans are coordinated by a team that brings together orthopaedic oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and physician assistants with specific oncology training. These medical and surgical experts collaborate to develop plans that are individually designed for each patient. No matter what type of tumor is involved, our team is here every step of the way to help patients navigate through their treatment so they can live their lives as fully as possible.

Conditions We Treat

Our team of specialists treats tumors, both benign and malignant, that start in the bone, muscle or soft tissue. They also treat cancers that may have started elsewhere in the body, but have spread to bone or soft tissues. Learn more about orthopaedic cancer conditions.

Examples of the types of tumors we treat include:

Benign (Noncancerous) Tumors

  • Bone cysts
  • Chondroblastoma
  • Chondromyxoid fibroma
  • Enchondroma
  • Hemangioma
  • Histiocytosis
  • Liposarcoma
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteoid osteoma

Malignant (Cancerous) Tumors

  • Adamantinoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • All soft tissue tumors

Metastatic Disease

Many cancers that begin in organs, such as the breast, prostate, lung and kidney, may spread to areas of bone (metastasize), causing patients pain and even fractures. We provide highly specialized care for patients whose cancer has spread or metastasized to bone from other sites in the body. Learn more about bone metastases.

Our Advanced Treatment Options

Our teams use the most advanced medical technologies available to treat bone and soft tissue tumors. The primary types of treatment are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation to determine the most effective course of treatment. Many patients benefit from a combination of these treatments.

Clinical Trials and Research

What we know today about cancer and its treatment is due, in large part, to yesterday’s medical research and those who have participated in clinical trials. MedStar Health is committed to clinical research as an essential tool in the fight against cancer. Our physicians are conducting clinical research in many areas of cancer treatment, and eligible patients are offered the opportunity to participate in this research. While there can be no guarantee that a new treatment approach will be better than current standards, new effective treatments can benefit clinical trials patients before the treatment is commonly available.

Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 443-777-BONE.

For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2200
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Orthopaedic Cancer Specialists

Meet Medical Director Albert Aboulafia, MD, in the video below: