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Osteosarcoma

Key Points about Osteosarcoma (Osteogenic Sarcoma)

  • Osteosarcoma is cancer of the bone. It’s rare, but it is the most common type of bone cancer children and teens.
  • Symptoms can include bone pain, swelling or a lump (mass).
  • The cancer may show up on an X-ray or on other imaging tests. It is diagnosed with a biopsy.
  • The biopsy and surgery should be done by an orthopedic surgeon with experience treating osteosarcoma.
  • Treatment is usually chemotherapy and surgery. Surgery may be limb-sparing or amputation.
  • Ongoing follow-up care during and after treatment is needed.
  • What is osteosarcoma?
  • What causes osteosarcoma?
  • Which children are at risk for osteosarcoma?
  • What are the symptoms of osteosarcoma?
  • How is osteosarcoma diagnosed?
  • How is osteosarcoma treated?
  • What are the possible complications of osteosarcoma?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider about my child's osteosarcoma?
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