Emory Sarcoma Center

When you come to the Emory Sarcoma Center at Winship Cancer Institute for the treatment of your sarcoma, you have a multidisciplinary team of specialists and experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-1900.

Sarcomas are a group of diverse and rare soft tissue and bone tumors that frequently pose significant diagnostic and therapeutic challenges.

More than 75 different types of sarcomas have been identified and studies have shown that treatment of such tumors is best performed in high-volume academic, referral centers with clinicians who are experts in the field and specialize in the care of patients with sarcomas.

At the Emory Sarcoma Center, located at Emory University Hospital Midtown, we have a multidisciplinary team of clinicians that has a specific clinical interest and expertise in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of patients with bone, soft-tissue, and retroperitoneal sarcomas. Our team includes: sarcoma pathologists, surgical oncologists, orthopedic oncologists, thoracic surgeons, sarcoma medical and radiation oncologists, musculoskeletal radiologists, and supportive oncology specialists.

Our sarcoma team meets on a weekly-basis at a multidisciplinary tumor conference to discuss individual cases by reviewing pathology slides, treatment plans, and assessing clinical trial eligibility.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly-experienced sarcoma team include:

  • Access to clinicians and surgeons who rank among the top cancer specialists in the world with expertise in all types of sarcoma including unique cases such as sacral chordomas, retroperitoneal sarcomas, and radiation-induced sarcomas.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our sarcoma clinical trials program.
  • Access to state-of-the-art imaging and radiation technology, including proton therapy for certain cases.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the evaluation and treatment process.
  • Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with a sarcoma, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment with a sarcoma specialist. Winship experts are available to provide a consultation or a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

A sarcoma is a cancerous tumor that can develop from the bone or from various soft tissue components in the body such as fat, muscles, nerves or blood vessels. Different types of sarcoma include chondrosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, fibrosarcoma of the bone, osteosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma.

A critical component in diagnosing a sarcoma is having an expert sarcoma pathologists review the biopsy tissue and at Winship Cancer Institute we have world-renown Sarcoma pathologists.

The next step in diagnosing a sarcoma is a thorough physical examination and imaging of the tumor with either an MRI scan for truncal or extremity lesions or high-quality CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis for abdominal and retroperitoneal tumors. Additional imaging of the chest with plain x-rays or CT scan is also performed to complete staging.

Watch the video to learn from Kenneth Cardona, MD, about the various types of sarcoma and the current treatment options available.

If a physical examination or imaging suggests a sarcoma may be present, a biopsy will be performed in order to potentially further determine the type of sarcoma present. A biopsy involves obtaining a sample of tissue from the tumor that is then examined by our expert sarcoma pathologists.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

Numerous factors are taken into consideration when determining an appropriate, individualized treatment plan for a patient with a newly diagnosed or recurrent sarcoma.

Key factors include tumor size, tumor location, aggressiveness of the tumor and whether or not the tumor has spread to other parts of the body.

One or more of the following types of treatment options can be used:

Surgery: Limb-sparing, function preserving surgery, with or without radiation therapy, is the surgical approach for the majority of patients with an extremity sarcoma. The tumor, along with a margin of normal tissue around it, is removed in its entirety. In the past, amputation was the standard surgical approach, but with limb sparing procedures an amputation is rarely indicated now-a-days. For tumors that are in the abdomen or retroperitoneum, major, complex abdominal operations are often required. The extent of such of abdominal operations varies on the type of sarcoma. Surgery, in certain circumstances, is also used to remove tumors that have spread (metastasized) to organs such as the lung and liver with the goal of potentially improving survival.

Chemotherapy: The use of traditional cytotoxic drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells is commonly employed in the treatment of various types of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Chemotherapy can be administered prior to surgery as part of a multimodality treatment approach in conjunction with radiation therapy or it can be administered as sole therapy in patients with advanced tumors. However, due to the rarity and diversity of sarcomas, chemotherapy should be administered by a medical oncologist with expertise and experience in the management of patients with sarcomas. Furthermore, our sarcoma medical oncologists are up-to-date with the array of novel drugs that are being identified and used in the treatment of sarcomas and are actively involved in national and international sarcoma clinical trials.

Radiation Therapy: Radiation plays a key role in the multimodality treatment of many bone and soft tissue sarcomas and is an integral component in the management of patients with soft tissue sarcomas of the extremity and trunk. Radiation is also routinely used in the palliative setting to improve quality of life.

Our radiation oncologists use cutting edge techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and proton therapy, that minimize the potential toxicity of radiation to the surrounding normal tissues. Proton therapy is a form of radiation that can deliver treatment precisely to the tumor while reducing or eliminating radiation to nearby normal tissues. The Emory Proton Therapy Center is the only center in the state of Georgia to offer this advanced form of radiation therapy. Proton therapy is often used in the treatment of chordomas and chondrosarcomas, as well as other types of sarcoma in selected cases where it may reduce side effects of treatment.

Clinical Trials

In addition to standard therapy, participating in clinical trials may be an option in certain cases. Clinical trials provide patients access to new medications that are being developed to treat sarcoma. Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship.

Supportive Oncology Care

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

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Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

Armita Bahrami MD

  • Pathologist
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Armita Bahrami MD

Armita Bahrami MD

  • Dr. Bahrami is a surgical pathologist with an interest in the molecular pathogenesis of soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma.
  • Acting Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Ms. Barrett leads the nutritional services team at all Winship locations providing personalized nutrition advice to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Manager of Winship Dietitians, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5646

Zachary L. Bercu MD, RPVI

  • Interventional Radiologist
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                                 Zachary L. Bercu MD, RPVI
Zachary L. Bercu MD, RPVI

Zachary L. Bercu MD, RPVI

  • Dr. Bercu's clinical specialties include vascular and interventional radiology.
  • Assistant Program Director for Interventional Radiology Residency and Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4747

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Whitney Bond RD, LD
Whitney Bond RD, LD

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Ms. Bond offers personalized nutrition advice to optimize health throughout the stages of cancer, from diagnosis to survivorship.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Russell Brown LCSW
Russell Brown LCSW

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-5191

Kenneth Cardona MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Kenneth Cardona MD, FACS
Kenneth Cardona MD, FACS

Kenneth Cardona MD, FACS

  • Dr. Cardona is a board certified surgeon and surgical oncologist who specializes in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Additionally, he is an expert in the treatment of complex gastrointestinal malignancies (such as stomach, pancreas, and liver cancers).
  • Sarcoma Disease Team Lead, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 686-3203

Hannah H. Collins NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Hannah H. Collins NP

Hannah H. Collins NP

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Keith Delman MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Keith Delman MD, FACS
Keith Delman MD, FACS

Keith Delman MD, FACS

Bree Eaton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Bree Eaton MD
Bree Eaton MD

Bree Eaton MD

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Heather G. Gatcombe MD
Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Karen Godette MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Karen Godette MD
Karen Godette MD

Karen Godette MD

  • Dr. Godette specializes in brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy and proton therapy for breast and prostate cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-2391

Felix M. Gonzalez MD

  • Radiologist
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Felix M. Gonzalez MD

Felix M. Gonzalez MD

  • Dr. Felix is a board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal imaging and intervention.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3350

Valerie Henderson MSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Valerie Henderson MSW
Valerie Henderson MSW

Valerie Henderson MSW

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C
Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sandra J. Karem LCSW
Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Rachel Keller RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Rachel Keller RD, LD
Rachel Keller RD, LD

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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                                 Ashish Khanna MD
Ashish Khanna MD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Dr. Khanna focuses on the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other issues resulting from cancer and related treatments.
  • Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Nima Kokabi MD, FRCP

  • Interventional Radiologist
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                                 Nima Kokabi MD, FRCP
Nima Kokabi MD, FRCP

Nima Kokabi MD, FRCP

  • Dr. Kokabi specializes in interventional oncology including liver directed therapies for primary and metastatic liver tumors, treatment of kidney tumors and minimally invasive therapies for bone and soft tissue tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4747

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Ms. Lewis is Director of Clinical Operations for the Phase I Clinical Trials Program at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Director of Clinical Operations, Phase I Clinical Trials Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mohammed F. Loya MD

  • Interventional Radiologist
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Mohammed F. Loya MD

Mohammed F. Loya MD

  • Dr. Loya specializes in locoregional radiotherapies including Y90 radioembolization, chemoembolization, and thermal ablation of liver, renal, lung, bone, and soft tissue tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4747

Janice M. Newsome MD, FSIR

  • Interventional Radiologist
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                                 Janice M. Newsome MD, FSIR
Janice M. Newsome MD, FSIR

Janice M. Newsome MD, FSIR

  • Dr. Newsome's clinical specialties include uterine fibroid embolization, ablative and catheter-directed treatments for cancer, among others.
  • Division Director and Chief, Interventional Radiology and Image-Guided Medicine, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-4747

Nariman Nezami MD

  • Interventional Radiologist
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                                 Nariman Nezami MD
Nariman Nezami MD

Nariman Nezami MD

  • Dr. Nezami specializes in percutaneous and transarterial interventions and imaging with a focus on interventional immunology or oncology procedures.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4747

Shervin V. Oskouei MD

  • Orthopedic Oncologist
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                                 Shervin V.  Oskouei MD
Shervin V. Oskouei MD

Shervin V. Oskouei MD

  • Dr. Oskouei is an expert in the treatment of musculoskeletal tumors, performing hundreds of total hip and total knee replacements annually and leading in the use of stem cells to treat arthritis of the hip and knee.
  • Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-7777

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline leads the Winship Spiritual Health Team in the work of offering compassionate, inclusive, supportive, evidence based care to patients, families and staff.
  • Director of Spiritual Health, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

Allan Pickens MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Allan Pickens MD

Allan Pickens MD

  • A leading thoracic surgeon, Dr. Pickens specializes in lung cancer, lung transplantation, esophageal cancer, and minimally invasive thoracoscopic and robotic thoracic surgery.
  • Director of Thoracic Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-2515

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD
M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • A cancer pain management expert, Dr. Qadri collaborates with oncologists at Winship to treat patients with cancer suffering from chronic pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

William Read MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 William Read MD
William Read MD

William Read MD

  • Dr. Read is a medical oncologist who cares for patients with gynecologic malignancies, brain tumors, cardiac tumors, sarcomas of soft tissue and bone and complicated skin cancers.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Nickolas B. Reimer MD

  • Orthopedic Oncologist
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                                 Nickolas B. Reimer MD
Nickolas B. Reimer MD

Nickolas B. Reimer MD

  • Dr. Reimer collaborates with the sarcoma team at Winship Cancer Institute to deliver world-class, musculoskeletal oncology care.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-7777

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Nancy Reynics NP
Nancy Reynics NP

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Working with the surgical oncology team, Ms. Reynics coordinates care for breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma and sarcoma patients.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Margaret A. Riso MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Margaret A. Riso MD
Margaret A. Riso MD

Margaret A. Riso MD

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Monica Rizzo MD, FACS
Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Dr. Rizzo is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the management of melanoma, breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-1343

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Maria C. Russell MD
Maria C. Russell MD

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Dr. Russell's treats tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, metastatic tumors to the liver, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma and metastatic melanoma.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

Adam D. Singer MD

  • Radiologist
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                                 Adam D. Singer MD
Adam D. Singer MD

Adam D. Singer MD

  • Dr. Singer is a board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3350

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD
Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Sibo Tian MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Sibo Tian MD
Sibo Tian MD

Sibo Tian MD

Monica B. Umpierrez MD

  • Radiologist
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                                 Monica B. Umpierrez MD
Monica B. Umpierrez MD

Monica B. Umpierrez MD

  • Dr. Umpierrez is a board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-5050

Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Felicia  Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Dr. Williams is the lead advanced practice provider with the medical oncology team at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-1900

Nan Xiang MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Nan Xiang MD
Nan Xiang MD

Nan Xiang MD

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH
Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Palliative Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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