Oncology

Orthopaedic Oncology is the management of bone and soft tissue tumours of the extremities and pelvis. These tumours can be benign or malignant. Dr. Clarkson and Dr. Nevin are orthopaedic oncologists and part of the Musculoskeletal Tumour & Sarcoma multidisciplinary team at the BC Cancer Agency. They work with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and general surgical oncologists to provide world-class orthopaedic oncology care. 

Dr. Clarkson and Dr. Nevin use advanced surgical and reconstructive principles to maximize the function of each patient after the removal of tumours. They frequently collaborate with other reconstructive orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, and vascular surgeons to improve the quality of life of each patient to the maximum degree possible.

Dr. Clarkson also works at BC Children’s Hospital to provide care for paediatric patients with bone and soft tissue tumours. Dr. Nevin has completed subspecialty training in advanced reconstructive techniques of the arm. 

Some of the conditions that they treat include:

  • Malignant tumours
    • Osteosarcoma
    • Ewing Family Tumour (Ewing’s sarcoma)
    • Chondrosarcoma
    • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Benign tumours
    • Bone: including giant cell tumours, bone cysts, chondroblastomas, osteochondromas, atypical cartilaginous tumours, among others
    • Soft tissue: including atypical lipomatous tumours, myxomas, among others
  • Metastatic disease, including fractures secondary to other cancers and soft tissue metastases.

*Please note that while you may be assessed at the BC Cancer Agency by Dr. Clarkson or Dr. Nevin, this does not necessarily mean that you are diagnosed with cancer* 

Some general information about BC Cancer and what Sarcomas are:

Preparing for Surgery at VGH or UBC Hospitals 

If your surgery is scheduled at the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre at VGH: Welcome Package for Pre-operative Patients

Post-operative instructions 

VCH – Post-operative Sheet for Patients

Pain control after surgery

Post-operative oncology patient instructions

If you are looking to make a referral, please fax the BC Cancer referral form and a brief note on the reason for referral to 604-877-6217. Including information such as previous biopsies and appropriate imaging reports can significantly expedite responding to your referral. If you feel this is urgent and needs immediate admission, please contact Dr. Clarkson or Dr. Nevin via VGH or BCCA switchboard.

Looking to learn more about MSK Oncology? Check out www.orthotumours.ca for excellent case-based modules on the workup and management of common MSK tumours.

We accept one fellow per academic year in Orthopaedic Oncology. More information can be found here.  If interested, please direct questions or applications to orthopaedics.fellowships@ubc.ca