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What Is Childhood Ewing Sarcoma?

  • Ewing sarcoma is a type of cancer that grows in bones or soft tissues. The tumor was first described by a pathologist, Dr. James Ewing, in the 1920's. Most often, it is found in the bones of the pelvis or thigh, though it can arise throughout the body.

    Ewing sarcoma tends to strike children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 20, and is more common in boys than in girls. Fortunately, treatments for Ewing sarcoma have improved dramatically in recent years, and most children who develop this disease have a good chance for recovery with proper treatment.

    Ewing sarcoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our specialists — including pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists — offer a level of expertise in bone and soft tissue tumors rarely seen at other pediatric cancer centers. We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat Ewing sarcoma, and our specialists can help you determine which option is best for your child.

    Learn more about Ewing sarcoma

    Find in-depth information on Ewing sarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on Ewing sarcoma causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.