Osteosarcoma Research Paper

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Osteosarcoma Characteristics: * Osteosarcomas make up about 65% of primary bone carries and account for about 10% of all childhood cancers. * Tumors around the knee (most often just about it) account for almost 75% of osteosarcomas. Causes and Risk Factor * Age and Height * Race/Ethnicity * Radiation to bones * Certain cancer symptoms Signs and Symptoms * Bone fracture that occurs even after normal & routine movement * Bone pain * Limit in motion * Limping if tumor affects a foot * Redness, swelling, tenderness of the affected area * Pain when lifting or doing anything * Pain may be worse during exercise or at night, and a lump or swelling may develop in the affected area up to several…show more content…
Prognosis * The size and location of the osteosarcoma * Whether the cancer is localized, metastatic, or recurrent * How long the patient has had symptoms * The patient's blood test results (and other test results) * How much of the cancer is taken out by surgery or killed by chemotherapy * The patient's age and general health. How does Osteosarcoma affect * Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer, and the sixth most common type of cancer in children. Although other types of cancer can eventually spread to parts of the skeleton, osteosarcoma is one of the few that actually begin in bones and sometimes spread (or metastasize) elsewhere, usually to the lungs or other bones. * Because osteosarcoma usually develops from osteoblasts (the cells that make growing bone), it most commonly affects teens who are experiencing a growth spurt. Boys are more likely to have osteosarcoma than girls, and most cases of osteosarcoma involve the knee. * http://sarcomahelp.org/osteosarcoma.html *

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