Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center is home to some of the world's most skilled pediatric oncologists. And while we're known for our science-driven approach to treating conditions like red blood cell disorders, our doctors never forget that your child is a child, and not just a patient.
We specialize in innovative, family-centered care. From your first visit, you'll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family's physical and psychosocial needs.
Traditional treatments for osteoid osteoma
Most of these tumors can be successfully treated. However, they can come back. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for your child.
Treatment may include:
Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation
A minimally invasive day procedure, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation uses radio frequencies passed beneath the skin through a needle to kill the tumor cells by heating them to a high temperature. The procedure can't be used to treat tumors of the spinal column.
Curettage and bone grafting
During this operation, the cyst is scraped out of the bone with a special instrument called a curette that has a scoop, loop or ring at its tip. The remaining cavity is then packed with donor bone tissue (allograft), bone chips taken from another bone (autograft) or other materials.
En bloc resection
The surgical removal of bone containing the tumor is necessary if the tumor is located in the pelvis or some other site. Internal fixation, with pins, may be required to restore the structural integrity of the bone. This option is usually rare for osteoid osteoma.
Treatment for osteoid osteoma at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center
Our team developed a new technique that uses intraoperative bone scan for the surgical removal of spinal osteoid osteoma, which facilitates more accurate removal of the tumor.
What is the recommended long-term care for children treated for osteoid osteoma?
Children treated for osteoid osteoma should visit a survivorship clinic every year to:
- manage disease complications
- screen for early recurrence of cancer
- manage late effects of treatment
A typical follow-up visit may include some or all of the following:
- a physical exam
- laboratory testing
- imaging scans
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.
- Our childhood cancer survivorship clinic is held weekly.
- In addition to meeting with your pediatric oncologists, your child may see one of our endocrinologists, cardiologists, neurologists, neuro-psychologists or alternative/complementary therapy specialists.
- We also offer the following services:
- patient and family education
- psychosocial assessment
- genetic counseling
- reproductive and fertility evaluation and counseling
- opportunities to speak with other childhood cancer survivors