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What Is Childhood Osteosarcoma?

  • Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer among children, adolescents and young adults. It usually begins in the marrow cavity of the long bones, such as the arms and legs. It also can occur in the pelvis and spine, and in rare cases, in the jaw or other locations in the body. While osteosarcoma occurs most commonly in teenagers, when the rate of bone growth is the fastest, it can affect young children and adults as well.

    Osteosarcoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children diagnosed with osteosarcoma 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 cancers rarely seen at other pediatric cancer centers. We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat osteosarcoma, and our specialists can help you determine which option is best for your child.

    Learn more about osteosarcoma

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