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How do I tell the difference between ewing's sarcoma leg pains and growing pains?

How do I tell the difference between ewing's sarcoma leg pains and growing pains?

Ewing's is rare: Ewing's sarcoma is a very rare cancer that presents as a painful bone mass or a painless soft tissue lump. It is diagnosed by biopsy. A simple x-ray will at least suggest the possibility of ewing's sarcoma. Growing pains is a very common diagnosis of exclusion, meaning no explanation for the pain is found after a thorough workup in a growing child. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Sarcoma (Definition)

By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more


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Can you explain if it's possible to lose use of legs from ewing sarcoma?

Can you explain if it's possible to lose use of legs from ewing sarcoma?

Hopefully: Not enough info given to answer. If ewings was in the spine and pinching the spinal cord causing paralysis prompt treatment can relieve the pressure on the cord and restore function. If ewings is in the bones of the limb sparing treatment after chemo using surgery that protects leg function and allows the leg to lengthen with growth, or possibly radiation instead can keep the leg working. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of sarcoma in the leg?

What are the signs and symptoms of sarcoma in the leg?

Localized pain: The most common symptom is pain, localized in a specific part of leg that didn't get traumatized. But even if there hasn't been any hit or trauma, and pain and or swelling doesn't resolve in 2-3 weeks, have it x-rayed. Redness or swelling in area. Fracture of a bone could be pathological, which means some underlying problem in that area. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a sarcoma in the leg? How are the signs different from regular aches and pains you get?

What are the signs of a sarcoma in the leg?  How are the signs different from regular aches and pains you get?

Very hard question: Although sarcoma are not painful to start with but they become painful later on. The patient start o have some dull aching pain at the site of the tumor. ...Read more

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Does taking pain killers beneficial for the leg pains caused by ewing's sarcoma?

Pain meds: Taking pain medications is helpful for leg pain from ewing's sarcoma as it will keep you more comfortable and allow you to perform you normal activities. But it is important that you are getting treatment for the ewing's sarcoma. If the pain is worsening then make sure to speak with your oncologist about the problem. ...Read more

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I had a sarcoma tumor removed from my left leg 8 months ago and i still have pain why is that?

I had a sarcoma tumor removed from my left leg 8 months ago and i still have pain why is that?

Depends: There are many factors that could be causing pain, including but not limited to where the tumor was, how much was removed, postoperative course, radiation therapy if any, rehab care, and many others. Only your physician can reasonably comment further. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered out a mass in my leg I have had for twenty years is likely a sarcoma?

No: tumors of the leg are by definition arising from muscle or connective tissue. One can have a large fibroma, or lipoma. By definition, if there is a sarcoma and you leave it alone, it will grow on you. Malignant sarcomas become aggressive over a short period of time and tend to metastasize to lung. If a benign lesion changes growth pattern then biopsy is always indicated due to transformation. ...Read more

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How does kaposi's sarcoma and normal leg abrasion differ from one another?

How does kaposi's sarcoma and normal leg abrasion differ from one another?

Kaposi's is an: (human herpes virus 8) associated vascular malignancy that can be widespread in men infected with progressive HIV disease. It is not associated with trauma, as abrasions would be, does not change colors and fade away like abrasions would be and looking at them have a much more defined edge than an abrasion does. ...Read more

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I was someone with what looked like kaposi sarcoma on their legs.I opened the same door as they did and had cuts on my hand.will I get kshv from this?

I was someone with what looked like kaposi sarcoma on their legs.I opened the same door as they did and had cuts on my hand.will I get  kshv from this?

No: Of course not. First of all KS is a cancer. No cancer is contagious. If you are concerned about HIV, surely in the year 2014 you know that HIV can't be transmitted this way. ...Read more

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Can you get sarcomas in the shin area of leg? If so what are the symptoms? I have a non painful lump that won't go away. But it's not getting bigger

Yes, but rare: Your concern will likely only be alleviated after you've seen a physician, had an x-ray and been given answers as to the cause of this lump. Even without seeing you, I would say that a sarcoma would be an extremely unlikely cause of this lump. Nodular areas in the shin are quite common and sometimes develop after minor trauma to the area. These can take months to resolve. It's time to see a doc! ...Read more

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Last week i found a soft lump on my thigh. It is painless and i just can feel it by touching. I worry about it. Is tumour or sth like sarcoma?

Have it checked: Most soft tissue lumps turn out to be lipomas, which are benign. That being said, a sarcoma needs to be ruled out. I would see your doctor and if needed, an orthopaedic oncology specialist. An MRI can confidently diagnose a lipoma. Most other entities may require a biopsy. ...Read more

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Hello, last week i found a soft lump on my thigh. It is painless and i just can feel it by touching. I worry about it. Is tumour or sth like sarcoma?

Could be : Usually soft lums are benign fatty tumors ; need to monitor for growth , but if it just pooed up rec removing it to see exactly what it is. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of synovial sarcoma in the back of knee?

What are the symptoms of synovial sarcoma in the back of knee?

Swelling: Synovia Sarcoma is one of rare forms of sarcoma usually developing in the knee region. It is slow growing often leading to a delay in dx. With incomplete removal recurrence is common. Half of the cases metastasize. The most common symptom is swelling or a mass that may be tender or painful and mistaken for inflammation of the joints, Wide resection essential. ...Read more

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How bad is it if one lymph node is postive after synovial sarcoma removal from left calf?

IIt is not: A common dx, unlike its name, does not always occur at joints, but is lumped as a "soft part sarcoma" so it can metastasize to lungs, but unlike many sarcomas, it can also travel to lymph nodes. Resection free margins is key. Even 1 node conveys higher risk of relapse. ...Read more

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How curable is a soft tissue sarcoma of the calf? Expected disease free life expectancy and treatment options?

How curable is a soft tissue sarcoma of the calf? Expected disease free life expectancy and treatment options?

Surgery +/- RT: Most soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities are treated with surgery to completely remove the cancer ("negative" margins) then possibly also post-surgery radiation therapy or rt. Prognosis, and the need for rt, depends on the tumor type and grade, or how aggressively it is growing under the microscope. ...Read more

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If someone had synovial sarcoma in the back of their knee would you feel a lump or something for sure?

If someone had synovial sarcoma in the back of their knee would you feel a lump or something for sure?

Palpable mass: synovial sarcomas present as a mass in the region of a joint. The ankle and popliteal space (knee) are common sites for lesions to appear. When a mass is noted, scan needed for extent of involvement . Then bx required and if sarcoma defined, radical resection with margins required. This would then be followed by RT. If primary resection successful, cure rate high. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of cancer can you have from a soft tissue mass/tumor in the knee besides sarcoma?

A mass?: The most common knee mass is the familiar baker cyst. Cancer arising in the knee is usually a sarcoma of some sort; osteosarcomas, ewing sarcomas, and pigmented villinodular synovitis are all common here. There are plenty of benign bone and soft tissue tumors here as well. Hoping you get a favorable diagnosis, and best wishes. ...Read more