Cancer in the news- Rotationplasty

One of things that I want to do with this blog is a segment called Cancer in the News which will detail other people’s journeys with Cancer.

Today’s news is something I chose because of the topic. 2400 people are diagnosed with bone cancer also called Sarcoma each year. Bone cancer is scary because it is almost like having termites infesting the structure of your home. Bone cancer attacks the skeleton of a person and eats away in bits and pieces.

Chemotherapy works with some of the sarcomas, however, in most cases surgery, is also required to remove the tumor.

In soft tissue, this isn’t as difficult, depending on where the tumor is. However, when you need to remove bone, this becomes a serious issue. Imagine cutting a board out of the structure of your home to remove termites. It could potentially damage the entire house.

WPTV.com wrote an article and have a video about a new type of surgery that is being used in amputation cases.

Here is a quote from the article:

Now, a revolutionary approach known as rotationplasty is giving doctors and patients more options beyond total limb amputation. During a rotationplasty procedure, surgeons remove a portion of a patient’s limb below the affected portion. Then, the area containing the tumor is completely removed. The surgeon then rotates the healthy portion of the limb that was removed and reattaches it. Doctors are able to spare major arteries and nerves, maintaining feeling in the remaining limb. Then, the joint that was rotated and replaced can function as a new joint, powering the artificial limb.

I strongly encourage all of my readers to go to the website and watch the video shown there. I am sorry that I can not embed it.

I did however find this video about a little girl that I actually heard about before. Sophie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Chondrosarcoma, the same cancer my baby girl has, called Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma I was not aware that she had rotationplasty until I found this video about her. Sophie is truly a little warrior princess. It is amazing to see her refusing to allow cancer to slow her down.

Here is a video of this amazing little girl walking with some of her first steps. It will give you goosebumps!:

View this montage created at One True Media
Sophie

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6 Responses

  1. Great website!

    My son, Ty, lost his leg due to Synovial Sarcoma in Sept. 06. He chose Rotationplasty. He is doing great. He’s a freshman in high school and is playing JV football. Check out his website http://www.tysjourney.org for links to others who have been diagnosed with cancer or has chosen Rotationplasty.

    Nice to meet you Carmen! Thanks for the link to Ty’s journey. Your son and my daughter were diagnosed within a month of each other
    His proud mom ๐Ÿ˜€
    http://www.Tysjourney.org

  2. I have secondary bone cancer from the prostate. The cancer is in it’s final stages and is very aggressive.

    I have been documenting my journey on my Australian based social commentary blog called King Valley Watchdog.

    An index of these posts can be found in the right column titled “Greg;s greatest journey”. You are welcome to come and visit and make comments.

  3. I can suggest the visiting of our website. URL is http://www.healthocrates.com/Bone-Cancer. I hope that you will find our website informative and useful.

    Thank you,
    Andrei West
    http://www.healthocrates.com

    Sure you crazy blog promoters!

  4. Great blog to raise awareness – thank you.

    I was familiar with this little one’s story already – she is inspirational.

    She really is an inspiration

  5. What they did with Sophie there is very different and amazing. You’re making great use of your blog. Keep up the great work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Do you really like this one better than the other one?

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