Orthopedic Oncology | Hackensack Meridian Health   

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Offers Elite Regional Expertise in Orthopedic Oncology

Highly specialized team blends 22 years experience and precision medicine in the care of sarcomas of the bones and soft tissues.

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center is among two of the elite Hackensack Meridian Health locations in New Jersey to offer clinical expertise in the field of orthopedic oncology. And as part of John Theurer Cancer Center, patients have access to an entire sarcoma care team that is focused on precision therapies, research, trials and training.

Extensive Experience in Treating Pediatric and Adult Sarcomas

Orthopedic oncologists Francis R. Patterson, M.D., and Valdis M. Lelkes, M.D., lead this comprehensive and specialized program. They utilize precision medicine to analyze the genomics of each patient’s tumor, matching patients with the most effective anticancer agents for each type of sarcoma. Patients also have access to clinical trials of new anticancer drugs, novel immunotherapies, and innovative treatment combinations—including early-phase trials.

Dr. Lelkes is a native of New Jersey and works in partnership with Dr. Patterson, chief of Orthopedic Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center and chief of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at John Theurer Cancer Center. The team has more than 22 years of expertise caring for pediatric and adult patients. They treat sarcomas of every grade and type, including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, liposarcoma, synovial sarcoma, angiosarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and fibrosarcoma. Complex limb-sparing operations are performed whenever possible, with the goal of preserving function and cosmetic appearance.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Cancer Care

The physicians practice alongside the sarcoma care team at John Theurer Cancer Center, which includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, palliative medicine specialists, physical therapists and others. The team customizes care plans for each individual patient.

Dr. Lelkes and Dr. Patterson treat patients throughout New Jersey at locations at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, and Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. To make a referral, call 551-996-2533.

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey’s best cancer center, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report. It is the largest and most comprehensive center in the state, dedicated to diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screening, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers.

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