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How can you prevent osteosarcoma?

How can you 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 more

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Dr. Ilya Iofin
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Osteosarcoma (Definition)

A malignant neoplasm that arises ...Read more


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How to tell if I have osteosarcoma?

How to tell if I have osteosarcoma?

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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What are the tests for osteosarcoma?

What are the tests for osteosarcoma?

The test are X-ray: And magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, computerized tomography (ct) scan, positron emission tomography (pet) scan, bone scan, blood tests and bone biobsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of osteosarcoma?

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 more

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How do you feel if you have osteosarcoma?

How do you feel if you have osteosarcoma?

Pain and swelling: Pain is usually the first symptoms, but that applies to many issues. Swelling without a history of injury or trauma will also present, but this is in the later stages. If osteosarcoma spreads to other organs and areas of the body, it can affect overall health and functions of other body parts. ...Read more

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What is osteosarcoma and how can it be treated?

What is osteosarcoma and how can it be treated?

Bone cancer: Osteosarcoma is cancer caused by the dysregulation and malignant growth of bone cells that produce the hard boney matrix. The treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemo combination. ...Read more

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What are the risks of leaving osteosarcoma untreated?

Death: Osteosarcoma is a malignant bone tumor that needs to be aggressively treated. There is no option to just leave it alone unless it has spread and there is no chance for a cure or significantly prolonging the patient's life. ...Read more

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What to do if i could have leukemia or osteosarcoma.?

See an oncologist: Leukemia and osteosarcoma are quite different diseases, but they both involve the bones. The first step is getting imaging and then a biopsy to see what you are actually dealing with. Then the appropriate consultations will be set up with medical oncology, oncologic orthopedics (sarcoma surgeons), and radiation oncology depending on the disease. Then decisions can be made on the next best step. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the soft tissue mass in osteosarcoma?

Tumor growth: Osteosarcoma arises in bone in teenagers and young adults. Most of the time it extends outside of the bone. That outgrowth is often called the soft tissue mass. Treatment is with chemotherapy and complete removal of the cancer. A rare subtype of osteosarcoma is extra skeletal, meaning it occurs outside of bone in the soft tissues.Treatment there is also surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for secondary osteosarcoma stage ii?

Many factors depends: The prognosis for stage ii(a or b) osteosarcoma that is localized (hence stage ii) is very very roughly around 60%. However, it depends on the location and whether the tumor can be completely surgically removed. Secondary osteosarcomas usually from radiation therapy can be less responsive to chemotherapy agents and may portend a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteosarcoma and osteochondroma?

What is the difference between osteosarcoma and osteochondroma?

Sarcs are malignant: Osteosarcoma is a cancer starting in bones, most commonly in children/young adults, while osteochondroma is a non-cancerous bony spur, most often occuring in teenagers. Osteochondromas usually need no treatment and are only followed, while osteosarcomas require agressive treatment, often including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery; the prognosis has improved a great deal recently. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how osteochondroma and osteosarcoma differ?

Both bone cancers: They are both bone cancers, but look somewhat differently under the microscope. Osteosarcoma is more common and generally presents in adolescents and young adults. Chondrosarcoma presents later usually. Treatment for osteosarcoma involves chemo and surgery whereas for chondrosarcoma is surgery and chemotherapy is controversial. ...Read more

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Sister diagnosed with osteosarcoma..Is this a rare disease? Is it treatable?

It is well known dis: Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bone which requires a sarcoma specialist for best treatment. It is curable in a large proportion of patients provided they are treated by a team of medical oncologist and an orthopedic surgeon working as a team together. I would ask you to seek a second opinion from a known sarcoma center which are only found in major cancer centers. ...Read more

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What does the word disseminated mean in disseminated metastatic osteosarcoma?

What does the word disseminated mean in disseminated metastatic osteosarcoma?

Metastatic: Disseminated suggests the cancer is in multiple areas of the body. Hope this helps. Essentially the same as metastatic. ...Read more

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What can I do if my cousin has stage 4 osteosarcoma, what are her chances of survival?

Grade or stage?: Osteosarcoma is staged stage 1 thru 3 , the tumor is also graded based on its type microscopically and degree of local involvement there are grade 4 tumors. Staging involves tumor grade, tumor size and metastasis. Stage 3 tumor has 15 - 30% survival rate based on type of metastasis with lung having the best prognosis. ...Read more

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My cousin has stage 4 osteosarcoma, what are her chances of survival for one more year?

It depends: It depends on the size and number of the nodules in the lung and if they can be removed surgically or not. If they can, chances of long term survival are better. If the cancer had spread to other bones, the prognosis is worse. But in general, nobody knows how long any of us has to live. Follow the oncologist's recommendations to maximize chances of survival. ...Read more

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One of my friends just died today of osteosarcoma, is it possible that i could get that too?

Very unlikely: I am sorry for your loss. This type of cancer is not transmitted from person to person. Sometimes you can be at higher risk for osteosarcoma based on your family history, but most of the time it is just bad luck. The right type of cell acquires mutations at just the right time to eventually develop a cancer. Osteosarcoma is a rare disease. I am sorry your friend died of it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for osteosarcoma?

What is the treatment for osteosarcoma?

This a long subject: In brief hemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and experimental treatments. Please read below. ...Read more

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