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How To Prevent Osteosarcoma
You usually can't: Osteosarcoma is a very rare cancer. Of 300 million people in the us, there are about 800 cases a year. Usually it occurs randomly, but rare cases are due to genetic disorders, preexisting benign conditions (paget's etc.) or radiation. Other than avoiding radiation, there is not much you can do. That being said, the chances of getting osteosarcoma in the first place are very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on extent: Osteosarcoma is found in the lungs as metastatic disease during initial diagnosis or at relapse/ progression of disease. Lung mets that are isolated or limited in number might be able to be removed surgically. Additional chemotherapy would then be needed afterwards in an attempt to prevent further recurrence. However, lung involvement is an ominous finding. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if osteosarcoma is in the bone, if it depends, couldnt the bone or limb just be amputated?
Local therapy...: The treatment of osteosarcoma involves surgery and systemic chemotherapy. Depending on the exact location of the osteosarcoma, size, and how well it has responded to therapy, sometimes limb sparing surgery is performed (remove the tumor and replace that segment with bone from donor (cadaver)), or an amputation is performed. In almost all cases, chemo is also needing to prevent metastatic disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, swelling, fx: The initial symptoms are often nonspecific but generally include intermittent bone/ joint pain that involves primarily one area and that becomes more persistent over time as well as development of a mass/ swelling in the area around the tumor. Occassionally patients will present with a fracture throught the tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In many ways: Osteosarcoma is a primary cancer of the bone. It occurs primarily in the long bones and is usually associated with pain that ocurrs after a seemingly simple injury or pain that does not seem to subside after a normal period of time. A simple xray will dtect abnormal bone formation. A biopsy is needed to confirm and then surgery to remove it and possibly chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy: Osteogenic sarocoma usually presents with bone pain in the area involved with/ without a noticeable mass. While it has a particular appearance on radiology studies, the way to confirm the diagnosis is to obtain a biopsy. So see your doctor for the oppropriate studies and biopsy if indicated. ...Read more
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