Ewing's sarcoma care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic experts are equipped with the knowledge, experience and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Treatment at Mayo Clinic

Treatment for Ewing's sarcoma may include:

  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Doctors often recommend chemotherapy before surgery to shrink Ewing's sarcoma tumors and make them easier to remove. Chemotherapy may continue after surgery to kill any cancer cells that might remain in the body.
  • Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy may be used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain. Radiation therapy can also be used instead of surgery if your Ewing's sarcoma is located in a part of your body that makes surgery risky or difficult. Radiation therapy is also used to relieve pain caused by Ewing's sarcoma.
  • Surgery. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer cells, but surgeons also perform operations to maintain function and minimize disability. Surgery for Ewing's sarcoma may involve removing a small portion of bone or removing an entire limb.

    Mayo Clinic has significant experience in limb-saving techniques, and if the tumor involves an arm or leg, most of the time the limb can be saved. The possibility of saving the limb depends on several factors, such as the tumor's size, location and its response to chemotherapy.

  • Clinical trials. Clinical trials are studies to investigate new ways of treating cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers conduct trials and participate in large research collaborations that give you access to many innovative clinical trials.

Expertise and rankings

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, orthopedic oncologists work with medical oncologists, pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and rehabilitation specialists to care for people with Ewing's sarcoma. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with Ewing's sarcoma includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Nationally recognized expertise

Ewing's sarcoma is an uncommon type of cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating Ewing's cancer.

Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 800 people with bone cancer each year.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 04, 2017
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