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Between two and three percent of all childhood cancers are osteosarcoma. Because osteosarcoma usually develops from osteoblasts, it most commonly affects children and young adults experiencing their adolescent growth spurt. Boys and girls have a similar incidence rate until later in their adolescence, when boys are more commonly affected. While most tumors occur in larger bones, such as the femur, tibia, and humerus, and in the area of the bone that has the fastest growth rate, they can occur in any bone. The most common symptom is pain, but swelling and limited movement can occur as the tumor grows.

Osteosarcoma is an orphan disease with approximately 1,200 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. A similar incidence of the disease exists in Europe. According to the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the survival of children with osteosarcoma has remained at 60-65 percent since the mid-1980s. The standard treatment for osteosarcoma is tumor resection with combination chemotherapy before and after surgery.
New potential target for treating metastasized oral malignant melanoma in dogs

New potential target for treating metastasized oral malignant melanoma in dogs

Cognitive outcomes in survivors of childhood cancers have been largely understudied

Cognitive outcomes in survivors of childhood cancers have been largely understudied

New technology shows encouraging results for treating osteosarcoma

New technology shows encouraging results for treating osteosarcoma

$11 million COBRE funding will help create Center for Pre-Clinical Cancer Research at LSU SVM

$11 million COBRE funding will help create Center for Pre-Clinical Cancer Research at LSU SVM

ALSF announces grant award recipients of Crazy 8 Initiative in pediatric oncology

ALSF announces grant award recipients of Crazy 8 Initiative in pediatric oncology

Study reveals how cells build 'mini-muscles' underneath their nucleus

Study reveals how cells build 'mini-muscles' underneath their nucleus

Study outlines the reasons to test pediatric cancer patients for inherited genes

Study outlines the reasons to test pediatric cancer patients for inherited genes

Two-drug combination approach could be effective against bone cancer

Two-drug combination approach could be effective against bone cancer

SU2C announces $3.25 million in grants to find new treatments for head and neck cancers

SU2C announces $3.25 million in grants to find new treatments for head and neck cancers

NCCN publishes new informational resources on health and wellness for cancer survivors

NCCN publishes new informational resources on health and wellness for cancer survivors

Cholesterol in the plasma membrane is essential for SARS-CoV-2 entry and syncytia formation

Cholesterol in the plasma membrane is essential for SARS-CoV-2 entry and syncytia formation

MUSC cancer researcher named as a 2020 fellow of National Academy of Innovators

MUSC cancer researcher named as a 2020 fellow of National Academy of Innovators

Indiana University researchers report a specific type of childhood cancer

Indiana University researchers report a specific type of childhood cancer

WSU researchers use soy to improve post-operative treatment of bone cancer

WSU researchers use soy to improve post-operative treatment of bone cancer

Study may lead to new diagnostic and treatment strategies for fighting bone cancer

Study may lead to new diagnostic and treatment strategies for fighting bone cancer

MU offers an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment of cancer in animals and humans

MU offers an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment of cancer in animals and humans

Study shows fused lung cells are pervasive in severe COVID-19

Study shows fused lung cells are pervasive in severe COVID-19

Guidelines for making neutering decision

Guidelines for making neutering decision

Breakthrough discovery could lead to ‘kinder’ treatments for childhood bone cancer

Breakthrough discovery could lead to ‘kinder’ treatments for childhood bone cancer

Water fluoridation not linked to increased risk of osteosarcoma, study shows

Water fluoridation not linked to increased risk of osteosarcoma, study shows