Bone tumours in children and teenagers

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Cancer Australia gives an overview of bone tumours in children and teenagers. The web page says, “Bone tumours occur when abnormal cells in the bones grow in an uncontrolled way. There are 2 main types of bone tumours in children:

  • Osteosarcoma forms from cells called osteoblasts. It usually develops at the ends of the long bones, such as the arms or legs.
  • Ewing sarcoma (also called Ewing family of tumours) forms from a type of stem cell in the bone marrow. It can form in the bones of the arms, legs, hands, feet, spine, skull, ribs, shoulder blades or hips. Ewing sarcomas can also form in soft tissues near bones. These are called extraosseous or extraskeletal Ewing tumours, and are not discussed in this summary.

Osteosarcoma often develops in bones that are growing quickly, so it can be associated with the teenage growth spurt. Ewing tumours are also more common in teenagers.”

The web page covers: risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, support, chance of cure and clinical trials. It also suggests: “For more information about bone tumours, see:

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Leanne Hardyman

Thank you for this information. Our 19 year old son was diagnosed with osteosarcoma three years ago and his battle continues. It might be of interest to your readers to know that a drug trial in Brisbane (trial drug is panobinostat) is about to start possibly next month. It’s the only trial in Australia dedicated to metastatic osteosarcoma. It’s a national trial and in Brisbane will be run through the Princess Alexander Hospital and Dr Rick Walker will be overseeing the trial here. In Melbourne it’s through Monash. I am not sure of the hospitals in the other states.

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