The Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Virginia Hospital Center
a multidisciplinary holistic way to treat you
The Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Virginia Hospital Center brings together a talented group of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers to care for you. We offer complete care—from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation. Our goal is always to provide excellent and compassionate care.
Dr. Felasfa Wodajo leads our program. He is a fellowship-trained Orthopedic Oncologist with expertise in bone and soft tissue tumors, limb-sparing surgery, and endoprosthetic replacement of bones and joints. We see patients of all ages, from children to adolescents to older adults.
Your Team: experts in leading-edge treatment…
and the whole-person concept
Lisa Cawthorne, RN, MSN, OCN is the clinical coordinator for the program. Lisa is a registered nurse who will expedite your visits with other clinicians and assist in the coordination of your care. She says, “Patients and their families often enter our office with a great deal of anxiety about their diagnosis and the plan of care. Although not all our patients end up with a cancer diagnosis, our job is to help patients understand their condition and receive the best care possible.”
We have a caring staff who believes in teamwork for the coordination of care to make your journey easier. The team, led by Dr. Wodajo, will include physicians with expertise in musculoskeletal radiology, pathology, medical and radiation oncology, as well as any other specialties that may be needed. Your team works together with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. In addition to advanced surgical techniques, you will have access to leading-edge radiation oncology techniques, including CyberKnife® radiotherapy.
The Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center will help you through education, support and assistance, and professional staff consultations. Virginia Hospital Center offers physical and occupational therapy, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation unit. As with all inpatient rooms at Virginia Hospital Center, all of the inpatient rehabilitation patient rooms are private.
Collaborating with other talented specialists is integral to providing the best patient care. This is especially true for musculoskeletal tumors, which often require a multi-disciplinary approach both for diagnosis and treatment. Correctly diagnosing the problem involves collaboration with radiologists and pathologists.
Twice monthly conferences ("tumor boards") are held at Virginia Hospital Center to discuss upcoming and post-operative patients. These are invaluable to confirming diagnoses and in planning the course of treatment among the different specialists.
Treatment for malignant tumors usually is done in collaboration with medical and radiation oncologists. Children with malignant tumors are treated in conjunction with pediatric oncologists.
- Benign bone diagnoses treated:
Giant cell tumor, Bone cysts, Fibrous dysplasia, Enchondroma
- Soft tissue diagnoses treated:
Fibrormatosis (desmoids), Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS), Lipoma
- Malignant bone diagnoses (Sarcomas):
Osteosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Chondrosarcoma
- Malignant soft tissue diagnoses (sarcomas):
Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH), Lipsarcoma, Synovial sarcoma
Read more about types of tumors, sarcoma basics, grading and staging here.