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Osteosarcoma

What Is Osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is the most common cancer to come from the bone itself.

It typically presents in the:

  • Femur (thighbone)
  • Tibia (shinbone)
  • Humerus (arm bone)
  • Pelvis

Osteosarcoma risk factors

Osteosarcoma generally affects teenagers and young adults.

It can also occur in people who have:

  • Had bone radiation for other diseases.
  • A history of genetic predisposition to cancer (retinoblastoma or Li-Fraumeni Syndrome).

Osteosarcoma Symptoms

Symptoms of osteosarcoma include:

  • Pain with activities that often gets worse and affects sleep.
  • A mass or “lump” at the site of the tumor.
  • Fractures, in some cases.

Osteosarcoma Treatment

Osteosarcoma is both treatable and curable.

The common treatment is chemotherapy and surgery.

Make an Appointment for Osteosarcoma Care

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