The sarcoma program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), in partnership with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, is committed to providing the best sarcoma care in Denver. Founded as part of the Institute for Limb Preservation (ILP) by Dr. Ross Wilkins and Dr. Tom Arganese in 1986, the sarcoma program at P/SL is recognized for its national expertise in the management of pediatric and adult extremity tumors. Our multidisciplinary team provides expert evaluation and treatment for patients with bone or soft tissue tumors.
What is sarcoma?
Sarcoma is the name for cancerous tumors in the body’s connective tissue and is separated into two main groups – bone sarcomas (tumors in the bone) and soft tissue sarcomas (tumors in the muscle, cartilage, nerves, fat, blood vessels and deep skin tissue). Although rare, about 15,000 cases of sarcoma are diagnosed in the US each year.
Metastatic bone cancer
Metastatic bone cancer happens when cancer cells from a primary tumor in another part of the body move to the bone and created a tumor. Our physicians specialize in the management of patients with metastatic bone tumors and will work with the referring oncologist to best approach pathologic fracture processes and plan surgical intervention.
Innovative surgical treatment for sarcoma
Our approach to patient care focuses on “life over limb,” but with successful management of tumors using the appropriate chemotherapy protocols, we offer many limb-sparing surgical options. Some of these innovative techniques have been pioneered by physicians on our team.
- Allograft Procedures
- Clinical Research
- Custom Implant Designs
- Foam Metal Technologies
- Growing Prosthesis for Children
- Innovative Amputation Techniques
- Soft Tissue Reconstruction Options
From understanding your diagnosis and coordinating appointments, to learning about clinical trials and transitioning into survivorship, our cancer nurse navigator is there for you through every step of the way.
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care. How is sarcoma diagnosed?
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.
- We work closely with The Limb Preservation Foundation to support research into treatment for diseases that affect the extremity as well as for financial assistance for patients undergoing treatment for extremity disease and trauma. Information about the guidelines for patient assistance programs provided by the foundation can be found at LimbPreservation.org.
- Sarcoma Foundation of America
- Cancer rehabilitation program
- Patient and visitor information