Sarcoma Surgery

Most patients with sarcoma need surgical treatment combined with radiation or chemotherapy. The goal of surgery is to remove all of the cancer, if possible.

Surgery for SCCA Patients

Surgery for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) adult sarcoma patients is performed at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) by surgeons who provide care at both SCCA and UWMC. Our surgeons perform more surgeries on adults with sarcoma than surgeons at any other cancer center in the Northwest.

The exact surgery that you need will depend on many factors, including the location and size of your tumor. Your team will explain the details of your procedure, the benefits and risks, how to prepare before surgery, and what to expect during your recovery and beyond.

In some situations, a sarcoma may be too large or aggressive to remove through surgery. In such cases, a multidisciplinary team can identify a course of treatment to control the sarcoma that does not involve surgery.

Limb-Sparing Surgery

If you have bone cancer in your arm or leg, our goal is to safely treat your cancer without amputating your limb. For most patients with bone cancer, we are able to spare the limb, removing only the cancerous bone and replacing it with either a metallic implant or a bone transplant, thanks to LifeNet Health Northwest, a tissue bank that provides bone for transplants.