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How is a giant cell tumor treated?
Treatment of a giant cell tumor may involve one or a combination of the following surgical procedures performed by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon:
If significant bone loss results, allograft transplants or metallic replacements are used to reconstruct the bone. Although common in the past, this aggressive procedure is not commonly used as the initial treatment today.
What's my child's long-term outlook?
Generally speaking, these tumors can be treated successfully and the long-term prognosis is good. These tumors can, however, recur. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis.
Continual follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with a giant cell tumor. It's rare to see the tumors spread to the lung is rare, but your child will be monitored periodically with chest x-rays and sometimes CT scans to look for the occurrence of lung lesions.
What is the recommended long-term care for children treated for giant cell tumors?
Your child should visit a survivorship clinic every year to:
A typical follow-up visit may include some or all of the following:
Through the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, childhood cancer survivors receive a comprehensive follow-up evaluation from their cancer care team.
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