The Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Oncology Service is a regional referral service for the surgical treatment of sarcoma and musculoskeletal neoplasms and tumor-like conditions.

The service provides care for primary benign and malignant tumors arising within bone or soft tissues for both children and adults. Musculoskeletal oncology surgeons pursue aggressive treatment of metastatic skeletal lesions to prevent threatened fracture or to stabilize completed fractures. The primary thrust is in the area of limb salvage for malignant tumors of the extremities. Patient referrals available here at UC Davis Health.

Specialists reconstruct limbs using custom endoprosthetic replacements or allografts and frequently excise benign tumors and reconstruct bone with bone graft or bone substitute.

We are pleased to offer musculoskeletal oncology consultation patient evaluation services at the following location:

Ambulatory Care Center -Outpatient Orthopaedic Clinic 
4860 Y Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento,  CA 95817

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Clinic
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817 
Phone: 916-734-5959


Current Musculoskeletal Oncology Surgeons:

Steven Thorpe, MD

Steven W. Thorpe, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Abigail Weston, M.S.N.

Nurse Practitioner


New Patients

New patients are asked to complete this patient questionnaire (PDF); either fill in online and print, OR print then complete by hand and bring with you to your first appointment.
Referral Site
New Patient Brochure (PDF)

A sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer. Sarcomas grow in connective tissue - cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue in your body. These tumors are most common in the bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of your arms and legs, but they can happen anywhere.

Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Conditions We Treat

There are several types of bone cancers, but all bone cancers fall into two categories:

  • Primary — cancer that starts in the bone.
  • Secondary — cancer that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the bone.

Soft tissue tumors often present as a lump in the parts of the body that hold us together:

  • Muscles
  • Fat
  • Connective tissues
  • Nerve based tumor
  • Blood vessel based tumor

Musculoskeletal Oncology Services and Treatments

The Musculoskeletal Oncology program uses the latest methods to diagnose and treat cancerous and noncancerous bone and soft tissue tumors.
Pinpointing the correct diagnosis as soon as possible

The right treatment starts with the right diagnosis. That's why we use advanced imaging technology to detect and confirm a diagnosis of bone cancer.

After a physical exam and review of your symptoms, your doctor may order one or more of the following diagnostic tests:

  • X-ray
  • Bone scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Biopsy