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How we treat bone and soft tissue cancers

The medical team at the Institut Jules Bordet treats tumours that appear in the soft tissue (muscles, fat, nerves, blood vessels, etc), primary bone cancer in children (in close collaboration with HUDERF – the Hôpital Universitaire des Enfants Reine Fabiola) and in adults as well as bone metastases. 

After an initial assessment using radiography or ultrasound, diagnosis needs to be further refined using 3 types of examination:

  • The patient may undergo an MRI, a CT scan and/or a bone scintigraphy.
  • A biopsy of the bone or soft tissue tumour is taken by direct puncture using an ultrasound or scan-guided tru-cut device to remove a small tumour sample, or via a larger surgical removal.  
  • A scan assessment of the lungs and abdomen to establish the extent of the cancer and a PET scan to look for any possible metastases.