Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Loyola orthopaedic surgeon talks about saving limbs after bone cancer

Dr. Lukas Nystrom, an orthopaedic surgeon, specializes in orthopaedic oncology. He says doctors will often take the approach of watchful waiting for benign tumors, but sometimes they are operated upon. Malignant tumors are treated with a multidisciplinary approach, combining orthopaedic oncology, radiation oncology or medical oncology, depending on a patient's diagnosis.

Most of his bone cancer patients, unfortunately, are younger people often under 20 years of age. Soft tissue cancer patients usually are older. He talks about the complex process of diagnosing such conditions. Treatments have improved and now doctors can save a patient from amputation in many cases.

Research in the field of orthopaedic oncology is now focusing on genetic and molecular markers, which will lead to more individualized treatment. Intraoperative imaging also is quickly changing how orthopaedic oncologists approach surgery. Dr. Nystrom is focusing on localized treatments for bone cancer in research right now.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.