Musculoskeletal Oncology

Comprehensive Care of Musculoskeletal Tumors

Musculoskeletal oncology is the subspecialty that deals primarily with the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of bones, muscles, tendons and joints. The treatment of tumors may require surgical intervention, such as:

  • Diagnostic biopsy
  • Tumor resection with local treatment
  • Tumor resection with major limb reconstruction or amputation

At North Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI), our specialists are fellowship trained and well-recognized experts in the treatment of musculoskeletal tumors. Together with a musculoskeletal tumor team, they provide the highest quality of care for patients with these often life-threatening problems. They specialize in limb-salvage and limb-sparing procedures for the treatment of tumors in both the adult and pediatric patients, and have developed new techniques for preserving limb growth in pediatric patients after tumor treatment.

In nearly all cases, a team approach is necessary to ensure that surgery is combined with appropriate radiation therapy or chemotherapy if needed. Treatment of tumors is very complicated, and requires the coordination of a team of specialists that includes:

  • Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists

Conditions We Treat

Utilizing the expertise of our highly-trained physicians across multiple disciplines, we effectively treat conditions including:

  • Aggressive musculoskeletal infections with bone destruction
  • Benign bone and soft tissue tumors, such as osteochondroma, rhabdomyosarcoma and other cartilage tumors
  • Benign, malignant and metastatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system
  • Bone cancers and malignant soft tissue tumors such as osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, chondrosarcoma and all soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities, spine and sacrum
  • Bone cysts
  • Failed total joint arthroplasty
  • Giant cell tumors
  • Musculoskeletal neoplasia
  • Nerve sheath tumors

Meet Our Specialists

Joseph Benevenia, MD

Dr. Benevenia is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at NJOI, as well as a professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (RNJMS). Specializing in musculoskeletal oncology, Dr. Benevenia’s interests include bone and soft-tissue tumors, allograft and endoprosthetic reconstructions as well as limb-salvage surgeries.

Kathleen S. Beebe, MD

Dr. Beebe is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at NJOI and an associate professor for the Department of Orthopaedics at RNJMS. She is also a reviewer for cancer, clinical orthopaedics and related research, and is the recipient of several awards regarding her specialties.

Francis R. Patterson, MD

Dr. Patterson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at NJOI, and a professor of the Department of Orthopaedics at RNJMS. His subspecialty interests include bone and soft-tissue tumors, allograft and endoprosthetic reconstructions, and limb-salvage surgeries including complex salvage of failed joint arthroplasties.

No matter what you need, our specialists are here to give you the best care possible for your condition. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.