Osteosarcoma (also known as osteogenic sarcoma) is a tumor that almost always arises in a bone, most commonly near the growth plates around the knee, arms, legs and pelvis. It is the most common type of pediatric bone tumor. Osteosarcoma occurs more frequently in males than in females; and usually affects adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25. Like all sarcomas, the tumor is highly malignant and can metastasize (spread) rapidly to other bones and to the lungs. Accurate diagnosis and staging, and prompt, carefully orchestrated therapy are particularly critical when treating osteosarcoma.
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has a multidisciplinary team of experts with the experience and advanced resources to diagnose, analyze and treat osteosarcoma and other less common types of bone sarcoma. Pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists, orthopaedic surgeons, pathologists, nurse specialists and others at Comer Children’s work together as a team to strive for the best results for children with bone sarcomas.