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Limb-sparing surgery may not provide better quality of life than amputation for bone cancer patients
Date:8/9/2009

imb-sparing surgery. However, amputation carries longer term costs related to artificial limb manufacture, maintenance, and replacement.

The authors say additional research is needed to provide a thorough comparison of amputation and limb-sparing surgery in different types of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. "Future studies that include function, health-related quality of life, economics, and stratification of patients by age will be useful contributions to decision-making by patients, health care providers and administrators," said Dr. Wunder.


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American Cancer Society
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