We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Osteosarcoma, or osteogenic sarcoma, is a cancer of the bone cells. It is a malignant tumour that can spread to almost any organ or tissue in the body. It usually starts in the ends of the bones of the legs or arms, but can be found in other bones. It is most commonly found in the distal femur (above the knee), the proximal tibia (below the knee), the proximal humerus (the arm below the shoulder). It can spread to almost any organ or tissue in the body, but tends to go to the lungs first. It often occurs in children and young people between 10 and 20 years old who are undergrowing a rapid growth spurt. It tends to appear in an area where there has been trauma, but the relationship between this injury and the risk of developing osteosarcoma is currently unknown.
The most common symptoms are pain in the area of the tumour and swelling or a lump.
Movement may cause pain to increase.
If the tumour is in the hip or leg the child may limp.
Malignant neoplasms in children and adolescents are rare, but they are one of the most important causes of mortality in these age groups. Osteosarcoma represents 4% of cancers diagnosed in children throughout Spain. Every year in Spain there are around 40 new cases in children under 14 years of age.
There are different tools to diagnose osteosarcoma:
These tests will help to determine the size and location of the tumour and whether it has spread to another part of the body. This information determines which phase it is in and is necessary to decide the best treatment to follow.
Osteosarcoma is treated using two kinds of therapy: surgery (to save or amputate the limb) and chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is usually given a few weeks before and after surgery. The type of surgery depends on the size and location of the tumour, and on the age of the child.
There are currently no measures to prevent this kind of tumour.
Health tips for treating patients with resistant osteoarticular infections
Health tips for patients with sarcoma or other musculoskeletal tumours
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutritional Support and Paediatric Hepatic Transplants
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Prematurity Prevention Unit
Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit
General and Digestive Surgery
Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Foetal Medicine and Surgery Unit
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Urology and Paediatric Kidney Transplant
Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiencies Unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine
Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Emergency Care
Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit
Social Obstetrics Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Neonatal and Foetal Surgery
Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Care
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Prenatal Diagnosis Unit
Perinatal Mental Health Unit
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis
Diabetes and Pregnancy Unit
Bone Metabolism Unit
Traumatology Intensive Care
Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery
Paediatric Hospitalisation and Hospital Paediatrics Unit
Inflammation and Autoimmunity Unit
Paediatric Intensive Care
Spinal Cord Injuries
Paediatric emergency care
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
Paediatric Rheumatology Unit
Children's Hospital and Woman's Hospital
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