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The orthopaedic burden of cancer care

Zeitlinger, Lauren, DOa; Wallace, Matthew T., MD, MBAb; Frassica, Frank J., MDb; Aboulafia, Albert J., MD, MBAb

doi: 10.1097/BCO.0000000000000638
SPECIAL FOCUS: Resident Research Award
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Cancer treatment and survivorship management continue to be rapidly evolving aspects of modern healthcare systems. As cancer survivorship has changed, the effects of prescribed treatments and their long-term morbidities are beginning to be understood, necessitating awareness by the orthopaedic profession of the diagnostic and management challenges of cancer patients with musculoskeletal complaints. The likelihood that cancer patients and cancer survivors will seek orthopaedic evaluation for a consequence of treatment is reasonably high and likely will to continue to expand. We help outline the consequences of cancer treatment that warrant unique orthopaedic considerations.

aWellSpan York Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

bMedStar Cancer Institute, National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, Baltimore, MD

Investigation performed at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Weinberg Cancer Institute, National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, Baltimore, MD

Financial Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to Matthew T. Wallace, MD, MBA, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Weinberg Cancer Institute, National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, 9103 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 2300, Baltimore, MD 21237 Tel: +443-777-2663; fax: +443-777-8405; e-mail: Matthew.T.Wallace@medstar.net.

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