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Conditions We Treat: Sarcoma

Radiation therapy is used in conjunction with surgery to deliver treatment before or after surgery to reduce the risk of tumor recurrence (cancer that returns). Radiation therapy may also be used along with chemotherapy as a noninvasive way to treat certain types of metastatic disease (cancer that has spread beyond the initial tumor site). The radiation oncologists at Johns Hopkins use multidisciplinary expertise, advanced radiation techniques, skin-sparing approaches and advanced research to help treat sarcoma safely and effectively.

Sarcoma: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT): Johns Hopkins is the only medical center in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region to offer IORT. This technique requires special expertise, facilities and equipment to treat sarcoma and other cancers.
  • Focused experience: Our radiation oncologists have extensive experience treating sarcoma due to our high number of sarcoma patients. This experience allows us to refine our sarcoma treatment plans to maximize safety and minimize complications.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery: In the past, surgery was the only option for patients with isolated metastatic sarcoma. Johns Hopkins is specially equipped to treat this type of sarcoma with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy as well as stereotactic radiosurgery. As a noninvasive alternative to surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery requires specialized expertise.
  • Skin-sparing techniques: Our advanced treatments include skin-sparing techniques to reduce wound complications (e.g., skin burns). By reducing the radiation dose on the skin, we allow the skin to heal quickly following treatment. Especially when treating pediatric sarcoma, experience with modern radiation techniques is an important component to successful treatment outcomes.
  • Image guidance: The physics group at Johns Hopkins helped develop the image-guidance tool that we now use for image-guided radiation therapy. This technology helps reduce the volume of radiation used and allows patients to be treated with smaller margins (rim of normal tissue surrounding the tumor), reducing the risk of complications and toxicity.
  • Multidisciplinary experts: At Johns Hopkins, sarcoma patient care involves a variety of nationally and internationally known experts, including dedicated radiation oncologists, sarcoma surgeons and medical oncologists. Our fully integrated treatment approach includes the Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Clinic, sarcoma tumor boards and joint clinical trials.
  • Clinical trials: We conduct advanced research and clinical trials to perfect our radiation treatment techniques.
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Our Team of Sarcoma Specialists

Our radiation oncologists develop and deliver innovative treatments plans that target sarcoma while reducing complications.

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Deville, Curtiland, M.D. Jr

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Associate Professor of Oncology
Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Co-Director, Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Urological Oncology
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Narang, Amol K, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Hepatocellular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Radiation Oncology

Our Sarcoma Treatments

At Johns Hopkins, our radiation oncologists use the following types of radiation therapy to treat sarcoma:

Our Research

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  • Through The Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, our researchers are studying immunotherapy for newly diagnosed sarcoma patients.
  • We are studying the combined use of radiation and novel systemic therapies (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted agent or immunotherapy) to fight sarcoma.
  • Our researchers are exploring the use of radioisotope therapy for treating osteosarcoma in pediatric patients and adults up to age 40.

Our Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins offers several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region that provide radiation therapy for sarcoma.

  • Central Maryland Radiation Oncology
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Bethesda 

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