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What is the difference between osteosarcoma and ewing's sarcoma?

What is the difference between osteosarcoma and ewing's sarcoma?

Different cancers: These are two different types of cancer that occur in bones of young people. The locations in the body where they usually occur are different. Osteosarcoma is usually at knee or shoulder while ewing's is in thigh bone or pelvis. The chemotherapy used is different. Ewing's, unlike osteosarcoma, responds very well to radiation. Overall survival and metastasis rate is about same for both. ...Read more

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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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Do all cancers have a maintenance program that goes with it after finishing chemotherapy? Specifically, cancers like ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma?

Do all cancers have a maintenance program that goes with it after finishing chemotherapy? Specifically, cancers like ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma?

Maintenance....: Is not typical in cancer rx, particularly not for solid tumors like ews or osteosarcoma. Yet, a prolonged period of surveillance is needed after completing rx. Surveillance is needed to address late effects of therapy and to monitor for disease recurrence. Maintenance has a prominent and essential role in all, and may become a part of rx for other cancers as we learn more of molecular pathogenesis. ...Read more

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Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, right?

Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, right?

Yes: It usually occurs in or around bones. The most common bone is the femur. It can rarely occur outside the bone, in the abdomen, chest, neck or head. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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Is there any relation between ewings sarcoma and ovarian cancer?

Is there any relation between ewings sarcoma and ovarian cancer?

No: I know no syndrome in which the two run together, but if they did both occur at a young age in the same person, i would suspect one of the cancer family syndromes such as li fraumeni. If there was otherwise a strong family history, or the person wished to make a decision about parenthood, then a talk with a geneticist would be in order. ...Read more

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What is ewing's sarcoma exactly?

What is ewing's sarcoma exactly?

Rare cancer: It is a rare cancer which usually occurs in teenagers and young adults. It more commonly occurs in bones such as the thigh bone and pelvis, but can occur in other bones and soft tissues. The usual treatment is chemotherapy and surgical removal of tumor. Sometimes radiation is used in addition to or even instead of surgery if surgery would not remove entire tumor or would be to debilitating. ...Read more

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Is there one best test to diagnose ewing's sarcoma?

Is there one best test to diagnose ewing's sarcoma?

Not one: Ewing sarcoma is relatively rare tumor mostly seen in young adults 10 to 20 yrs age involving the long & flat bones, presents with pain swelling , 30% of the time already spreads. Simple x ray will show bone lining ( perosteal ) reaction, MRI , ct , bone scan , pet scan , are all diagnostic tools , confirmation is by biopsy ...Read more

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Looked up ewing's sarcoma but still unsure what it is.?

Looked up ewing's sarcoma but still unsure what it is.?

Rare cancer: It affects primarily teens and young adults, but can occur at almost any age. It usually occurs in bone, but can also be in the soft tissues. Chemotherapy is needed for the best chance of cure. Surgery and/or radiation are also given. The tumor can spread to the lungs and other bones. With modern treatment, the chances of cure are good. Amputation is very rarely needed. ...Read more

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What symptoms should I look for to tell if I have ewing's sarcoma?

What symptoms should I look for to tell if I have ewing's sarcoma?

Painful mass: Ewing's sarcoma presents itself as a painful mass, usually around the thighs or pelvis, but any bone can be affected. It can also be a painless mass in the soft tissues. Overal, it's a very rare tumor though. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ewing's sarcoma?

What are the tests for ewing's sarcoma?

Biopsy : The biopsy establishes the diagnosis. An MRI shows the local extent of the tumor. A ct of the chest show if it spread to the lungs. A bone scan will look if tumor spread to bone. Sometimes a pet ct is done instead. A bone marrow biopsy is done to see if tumor spread to the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Bone Cancer (Definition)

A bone cancer is a condition in which a person has a cancerous tumor in one or more of his bones. Sometimes, metastatic (spread from other parts of the body) cancer that spread to the bones is ...Read more


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Ewing's Sarcoma (Definition)

Ewing's sarcoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of cells found in bone. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, ...Read more


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