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Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Performs Cutting Edge Minimally Invasive Bone Cancer Surgery

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Performs Cutting Edge Minimally Invasive Bone Cancer Surgery
Denver, CO, June 28, 2018 --( Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) is pleased to have performed the 3rd percutaneous (minimally invasive) acetabular reconstruction in the U.S. to treat metastatic bone cancer of the pelvis.

There are approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. with metastatic bone cancer (cancer that has spread to their bones from another originating site). Of these, a significant percentage experience bone pain, weakness and even fractures as a result of cancer weakening the affect bones. Until now patients who experienced a pelvic fracture as a result of metastatic cancer had limited options. A novel, minimally invasion procedure provides an exciting new treatment option for this painful and debilitating condition.

The majority of painful bone metastases are treated with radiation, however when fractures occur, radiation alone is typically insufficient to provide adequate pain relief. In these instances, mechanical stabilization of the fracture is required to relieve pain and improve mobility.

Physicians Dr. Daniel Lerman, an orthopedic oncologist with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at P/SL, and Dr. Anthony Brown, an interventional radiologist at P/SL, utilize cutting-edge imaging with three-dimensional computer guidance to facilitate treatment and stabilization of pelvic disease sites that previously required prohibitively extensive and risky operations. Drs. Brown and Lerman develop custom treatment plans for each patient, allowing unique bone screw and cement placement in order to create a rigid internal framework to reinforce the weakened/fractured pelvic bone. This procedure reduces the negative aspects of metastatic bone cancer, by minimizing the pain associated with fracture and allowing patients to regain function. As only small incisions (approximately 1 cm) are required, recovery time is minimized and patients can even be discharged home the same day of receiving treatment.

The care providers in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, work together as a team at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, providing one-of-a-kind solutions to those with metastatic cancer in order to increase patient’s comfort and quality of life.

About HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL)
For more than 135 years, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) has been meeting the healthcare needs of patients and their families from across the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, and from around the world. With more than 80 specialties, 1,200 specialists and primary care physicians and 1,800 employees, P/SL and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is the only tertiary/quaternary combined pediatric and adult hospital in this region. Leading comprehensive services include the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cardiovascular Services, Cancer Care, Blood & Marrow Transplant, Labor & Delivery/Mom & Baby, Maternal-Fetal Care, Orthopedics, Spine, Kidney/Liver Transplant, Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Healing, Infectious Disease and more. To learn more about P/SL, visit

About Sarah Cannon
Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in communities across the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s cancer programs include individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, more than 1,000 stem cell transplants performed annually throughout the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, hundreds of clinical trials, and molecular profiling capabilities. Through its services, Sarah Cannon is providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon, visit
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