It is more common in boys 10-19 years old.
Here are some factors that may raise your risk:
- Genetic problems, such as retinoblastoma and Li-Fraumeni syndrome
- Past radiation therapy
Symptoms are usually in the upper and lower long bones and pelvis. They are:
- Bone pain that may worsen with activity
- A large lump
You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Pictures may be taken of your child's body. This can be done with:
Abiopsyof the site can confirm the diagnosis.
When cancer is found, your child will be referred to a team that focuses on cancer in children. The doctor will do staging tests to find out if the cancer has spread. Treatment depends on the stage and site of the cancer. Talk with the doctor and healthcare team about the best plan for your child.
Your child may have:
Surgery removes the tumor, nearby tissues, and nearby lymph nodes. The limb may need to be amputated. The doctor will try to remove the cancer without amputation. Sometimes, treatment with chemotherapy can help avoid it.
Chemotherapyis the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel through the body killing mostly cancer cells.
With this therapy, radiation is aimed at the tumor to kill the cancer cells.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 05/23/2018 -