Orthopedic Oncology

Sarcoma & Musculoskeletal Tumor Care Team

At the Parkview Cancer Institute, we have a dedicated team of experts to treat patients with sarcoma and musculoskeletal tumors. The sarcoma program is the only one of its kind in the Northern Indiana region and provides care to patients in the surrounding states including Michigan and Ohio. Led by our orthopedic oncologist, Christopher Johnson, DO, an orthopedic surgeon who subspecializes in the care of sarcoma and musculoskeletal tumor, our care team is composed of sarcoma medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, genetics, interventional radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, plastic surgery, surgical oncology, spine surgery, nutritional support, spiritual support, financial support, transportation support, palliative care and nurse navigation. At Parkview Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Sarcoma & Musculoskeletal Tumor Clinic, patients are able to be seen by a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and supportive services all in the same visit.

Our focus is to provide individualized, world-class care, utilizing contemporary techniques and advanced technologies for patients with sarcoma and musculoskeletal tumors. Using a team approach for the evaluation and treatment of sarcomas and musculoskeletal tumors, all patient cases are reviewed at our weekly multidisciplinary sarcoma tumor conference, where multiple experts determine the best treatment plan based upon the unique needs of each of our patients.

It’s specialized cancer care, close to home.

Advanced Care

The Sarcoma Care Team at the Parkview Cancer Institute uses the latest technologies to provide the best treatment options for our patients, with 3 Tesla MRI, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and advanced surgical techniques including complex limb and joint reconstruction, and surgical adjuvant treatments using argon beam laser therapy. 

Meet the Team

Christopher N. Johnson, DO – Orthopedic Oncology 

Dr. Johnson is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with sarcoma and musculoskeletal tumors. He received his sarcoma training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. He is a member of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS). He has published sarcoma research in leading medical journals. Drs. Zhang, Cannon and Johnson attend the annual International Connective Tissue Oncology Society Conference as a team to stay involved and up-to-date in the advances of sarcoma care. Dr. Johnson believes in empowering patients with information to allow them to make their own decisions regarding cancer treatment options.

Richard Zhang, MD, PhD – Medical Oncology 

Dr. Zhang is our sarcoma medical oncologist who specializes in systemic treatments including chemotherapy and immunotherapy. He received his PhD at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and went to The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, for his training in medical oncology. He has published many papers related to cancer research and has presented his research at national conferences. Dr. Zhang and Dr. Johnson work side-by-side in the sarcoma team, clinic providing multidisciplinary care.

Nathan Cannon, MD, PhD – Radiation Oncology 

Dr. Cannon, is our sarcoma radiation oncologist. He attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., where he completed medical school and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. He then completed residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, where he continued researching the safety and efficacy of stereotactic radiation therapy for cancers of the brain, lung and kidney.

Brittany Hartman, RN, ONC – Lead Sarcoma Nurse 

Brittany is our lead sarcoma nurse with orthopedic certification and extensive experience in orthopedic surgery having previously worked with the prestigious Parkview Ortho Hospital. She has a significant role with the Sarcoma Care Team including clinical patient care, assistance within the operating room, hospital rounding, coordinating tumor board conferences, and assistance with research development.  She is highly motivated to make a difference in the lives of those who are afflicted with the diagnosis of sarcoma and their treatment journey.

Morgan Salyer, ATC, LAT – Sarcoma Care Coordinator

Morgan is an athletic trainer who has extensive experience working in the field of orthopedics. She plays an integral role with the Sarcoma Care Team coordinating care, including appointments, diagnostic study coordination, communication and follow up with patients. She works closely with patients and their families and assists with their journey through the sarcoma treatment.

Rebecca Nelson, MS – Genetic Counseling 

Rebecca specializes in cancer-related genetic counseling. She received her undergraduate training at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., and her genetic counseling training at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She participates in the weekly tumor board conference and is a critical part of our team as many musculoskeletal tumors are associated with genetic syndromes that may predispose patients and family members to increased risks of cancer development. This program allows for increased awareness, monitoring, and prevention of potential cancer.

Ashley Schilb – Sarcoma Nurse Navigator

The nurse navigator ensures that each patient experience remains a central focus. A novel approach to personalized medicine, the nurse navigator is the patient’s single point of contact with the Parkview Cancer Institute. Our specialized sarcoma nurse navigator facilitates the day-to-day aspects of care in the outpatient setting as patients move through their cancer journey. Patients will have someone to guide them each step of the way. 
 

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