A Periodical for the Sarcoma Community

December 2008 - Volume 5, Number 6

Five Years of Service to the Sarcoma Community and a New Beginning

Editorial by Bruce Shriver, PhD

FDA Approval for Pediatric Orthopedic Implants

CTOS Op Ed: Drs. Letson and Wilson discuss recent trends in the FDA approval process for low-volume prostheses.

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Chief of Surgery at the National Cancer Institute, calls for synovial cell sarcoma participants. Frank Burroughs, President of the Abigail Alliance, writes about the progress and state of the Abigail Alliance.

The Importance of Second Opinions for Sarcoma

Elizabeth Goldstein-Rice reviews the role and necessity of expert second opinions in sarcoma diagnosis and treatment.

The Importance of Treatment at a Specialty Center for Sarcomas

Elizabeth Goldstein-Rice explains the role of sarcoma centers and specialists in the treatment of sarcoma.

Guidelines for Parents of a Child with Sarcoma

Dr. Paul Meyers offers advice for parents of children with sarcoma.

Dealing with the Side Effects of Sarcoma Treatments

Mimi Olsson and Mary Sorens provide information and helpful hints about managing the side effects of treatment.

Improving the Patient Experience: the UK Takes Specialist Centres Seriously

Roger Wilson describes why and how the shape of the service which delivers sarcoma treatment in the UK is rapidly changing.

Complex Issues of Communication in the Context of Cancer Care

From a Nurses Perspective: Marianne Griffin, RN, BA discusses why sensitive communication and support must be tailored to each individual's needs.