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Principal Investigator: Nate Donaldson, DO
Research Assistant: Nate Rogers, MPH

The Tumor program’s research focuses on the development, quality of life, and treatment outcomes for patients experiencing cancer of the musculoskeletal system. The goal is to improve functional ability and patient satisfaction as a result of innovative surgical interventions. Results from our studies will be used to inform doctors, clinical staff, and patients about potential new treatments that improve post-cancer standard of living.



Chronic Recurrent Multifcoal Osteomyelitis (CRMO) Project Chronic Recurrent Multifcoal Osteomyelitis is a rare, noninfectious, inflammatory disorder which causes bone lesions in children. Alongside studies on treatment outcomes and quality of life for patients undergoing treatment, a database is being created with relevant date for future study. Patients with CRMO are primarily young female adolescents and was only recently described in medical literature. Existing research is mainly focused on case series and case reports, so this study aims to establish a larger database from which to draw stronger medical
Sarcoma Database The tumor program has a long-standing prospective study collecting data on patients who have undergone surgical resection of Bone and Soft-Tissue Sarcomas to create a database of physical exam results alongside health related quality of life data. Treatment options and resulting health related quality of life are the main focus of research as more information on quality of life and functional ability post-intervention will help patients make the best decision when deciding on a treatment option.
Van Ness Rotationplasty A surgical intervention in which the ankle becomes the knee to preserve function, the Tumor Program is studying the functional outcomes and other physical measures of patients movement in conjunction with the Center for Gait Movement and Analysis and other organizations around Colorado. The Van Ness Rotationplasty exists as a treatment option for children with tumors in the area surrounding the knee and is becoming increasingly common.