Pediatric Sarcoma

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Sarcoma is a cancer that starts in the bones or soft tissue, such as cartilage, muscles, tendons, blood vessels or connective tissue.

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute

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Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer among children. Por lo general, comienza en los huesos largos, como la parte superior del brazo y las piernas, pero puede ocurrir en otros lugares. Approximately 400 children and teens in the U.S. are diagnosed with osteosarcoma every year.

With any cancer, including pediatric sarcoma, many factors go into whether it’s curable. Surviving five years after diagnosis is a common measure for cancer recovery.

Five-year survival rates for children with sarcoma are 73% for ages 14 and younger, and 68% for ages 15 and older. The five-year survival rate for osteosarcoma is 68% in children and teens. Ewing sarcoma — the second most common malignant bone cancer — has a five-year survival rate of 76% in children under age 15 and 59% in teens. Rhabdomyosarcoma affects the skeletal muscles and is the most common soft-tissue sarcoma in children and teens. It has a five-year survival rate of 70% in children and 50% in teens.

By their nature, long-term survival rates don’t reflect the latest advancements in treatment and may underestimate current survival chances.

Specialized Surgery to Treat Rare Sarcomas

Los médicos certificados y con especialización d-el Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, afiliado a la Facultad de Medicina de la UofL, tienen las habilidades y los equipos para proporcionar un diagnóstico y tratamiento precisos del sarcoma (cáncer de tejidos blandos y huesos).

Las habilidades de nuestros médicos y los equipos sofisticados permiten tratar el tumor con precisión mientras se trabaja para evitar daños al tejido sano circundante.

The oncology team comes together at regular conferences to share viewpoints from various perspectives that help determine the best course of treatment. It’s like getting second, third and fourth opinions all at once.

At Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, the sarcomas we treat include:

Prognosis and Treatment Options

  • The part of the body where the tumor first formed
  • The size and grade of the tumor
  • The type of soft tissue sarcoma
  • How deep the tumor is under the skin
  • Whether the tumor has spread to other places in the body and where it has spread
  • The amount of tumor remaining after surgery to remove it
  • Whether radiation therapy was used to treat the tumor
  • Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred

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