Childhood Cancer

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Childhood Cancer

THAT'S THE FACTS, JACK!Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in children in the United States, typically effects those ages 12-16 years of age, more common on long bones-originating from the metaphysis, the five year survival rate has increased from 15% in 1960 to 65% in 2013, and with localized sarcoma it's increased to 75%.

Childhood Cancer

Facts, Symptoms, OptionsKathryn McKinon-NRSE 4140

Childhood cancer is an unfortunate reality facing many children and their families today. It is the second leading cause of childhood death in the United States; however, with early diagnosis and intervention, remission and recovery is highly likely. Osteosarcoma is a type of childhood cancer; knowing crucial information about the disease, signs and symptoms, and effective treatment options will help your child recover to the best of their ability.


Treatment Options:Surgery & ChemotherapyLimb Salvage Surgery, Amputation. Must be used with Chemotherapy in order to prevent recurrance. Chemotherapy involves a multi-agent approach including cisplatin, doxorubicin, methotrexate, and ifosfamide. A study done a St. Judes showed, "event-free survival," when using bevacizumab to chemotherapy as well.>>>>

Signs, Symptoms & a Little More... The patient will usually complain of pains in the extremities, usually associated with growing. The site may be painful, swollen, the joint may have a decreased range of motion Early recognition of these signs and symptoms is key because metastasis usually brings the patient in for problems. Diagnosis: blood tests, x-rays, MRI, CT scan and a bone scan; however, a biopsy is required to make the definite diagnosis.


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