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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.