Bone cancer/osteosarcoma treatment near Canberra

A person with a suspected or confirmed bone cancer should:
- have their care overseen by a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team
- be referred within two weeks and before biopsy.

Patients in NSW with suspected bone cancer/osteosarcoma should be referred to a specialist from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Lifehouse Bone and Soft Tissue MDT.

 

NOTE: The information on this page relates to bone cancer/osteosarcoma. For information on soft tissue sarcoma click here.

Who to see

Please note the nearest cancer specialist for bone cancer/osteosarcoma may be over 100 kms from Canberra ACT. Support may be available for transport and accommodation.

The diagnosis and treatment of osteosarcoma involves a team of specialists.

Initial referral should be to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Where to have treatment

Please note the nearest cancer services for bone cancer/osteosarcoma may be over 100 kms from Canberra ACT. Support may be available for transport and accommodation.

Treatments for osteosarcoma may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Many people with osteosarcoma have a combination of these treatments.

Recommended hospitals for osteosarcoma treatment

Hospitals that have a specialist osteosarcoma centre are listed below. Find out why these hospitals are recommended. Results are ordered by distance from Canberra ACT.

Other treatment centres

Results are ordered by distance from Canberra ACT.

Find a cancer care team

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of health care professionals who work together to ensure that a patient receives the best care and outcomes. 

All patients in NSW with osteosarcoma should have their treatment overseen by the Royal Prince Alfred and Lifehouse Bone and Soft Tissue MDT.

Children and youth services

There are services that provide specialised treatment and support to children and young people with cancer.

Tests and timeframes

National optimal care pathways have been developed to guide recommended care at each stage of the cancer pathway.

Initial tests may be arranged by the general practitioner (GP) and may include an x-ray.

Further tests may include:

  • Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Bone scan
  • Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
  • Biopsy

  • Patients with suspected sarcoma should be referred to a specialist sarcoma multidisciplinary team within two weeks and before biopsy
  • all tests should be completed within two weeks of specialist referral
  • treatment should commence within three weeks of the decision to treat.

More information about the sarcoma cancer care pathway is available in these fact sheets:


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