This type of cancer causes an immature bone and can be found at the end of the long bones like the arms and the legs of the patient. The condition can give rise to a low grade tumour or even a high grade tumour that will require an aggressive form of treatment. It may be caused due to radiation rendered to a certain part of the body.
HOW IS OSTEOSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the Osteosarcoma is usually done by an orthopaedic who would do an X-ray and also a bone biopsy if needed.
HOW IS OSTEOSARCOMA TREATED?
Chemotherapy is usually given before the surgery to remove the tumor. This can shrink the tumor and make surgery easier. It may also kill any cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body. Surgery is used after chemotherapy to remove any remaining tumor. In most cases, surgery can remove the tumor while saving the affected limb. This is called limb-sparing surgery. In rare cases, more involved surgery (amputation) is necessary.
DID YOU KNOW?
Radiation is not commonly used for treatment of this kind of cancer.