About the Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center
The Ewing Sarcoma Center, part of the Solid Tumor Programs at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, is dedicated to research, advancement and treatment of Ewing sarcoma, the second most common bone tumor in children. The center was officially established by Dr. Asha and Mr. Farid Virani in honor of their son Faris’ battle with Ewing sarcoma.
Evaluation and treatment
As one of the most challenging forms of cancer to treat, these tumors often originate in large bones such as the hip, shin, chest and arm bones. Approximately 250 new cases of this type of tumor are diagnosed in the United States per year. As members of the Children’s Oncology Group, Texas Children’s Cancer Center uses several treatment options for children diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.
All patients are managed by a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal team that includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, child life and more, all involved to provide the best care tailored to the patient and his or her family.
Our experienced orthopedic surgeon provides limb-salvage procedures in order to retain maximal function. One such procedure can include an innovative, non-invasive limb-lengthening technique, which can be very beneficial to the growing child.
Ours is one of the few centers that has access to proton beam therapy, which is a sophisticated technique of delivering precisely targeted radiation treatments in patients whose tumors are located close to vital and vulnerable organs.
The Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center has a strong emphasis on research. Our team has several targeted research goals, including developing a greater understanding of the:
- Mechanisms that cause cancer cells to travel throughout the body
- Stem cells involved in the initiation and development of the tumor
- Nutritional and energy requirements for the tumor cell’s metabolism
- Blood-based biomarkers, monitoring the presence of the disease, response to therapy and even prognosis
- Use of immune cells to specifically target and destroy Ewing sarcoma cells
Donate to the Ewing Sarcoma Center
Donations to support the Ewing Sarcoma Center may be made online. Please make sure to specify under ‘Comments’ that the donation is for the Ewing Sarcoma Center.