Treatment of malignant bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, etc.) requires the mandatory surgical removal of the affected area. 10 years ago, it inevitably meant limb amputation and patient’s disability. Currently, endoprosthetics is increasingly being used – replacing the affected bones and adjacent joints with artificial implants.
Bone and joint implants are strong and durable, for adults such implants can serve 15-20 years or even longer. However, the situation is different with children: their body grows and it means that the endoprosthesis must either be replaced regularly or its length increased, otherwise asymmetry will arise.
It is not just unesthetic and uncomfortable, it lowers the quality of life and leads to disability. Spinal curvature deformity, pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant for girls, serious gait defects are not a complete list of problems that can occur when a healthy leg becomes noticeably longer than a prosthetic leg.
The cost of one such prosthesis is over one million UAH.
In 2019, over 2 million UAH were raised to buy endoprostheses for two patients of the National Cancer Institute.