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Pediatric Osteosarcoma

Key points about osteosarcoma (Osteogenic sarcoma)

  • Osteosarcoma is cancer of the bone. It’s rare, but it's the most common type of bone cancer children and teens.
  • Symptoms can include bone pain, swelling, or a lump (mass).
  • The cancer may show up on an X-ray or on other imaging tests. It's diagnosed with a biopsy.
  • The biopsy and surgery should be done by an orthopedic surgeon with experience treating osteosarcoma.
  • Treatment is usually chemotherapy and surgery. Surgery may be limb-sparing or amputation.
  • Ongoing follow-up care during and after treatment is needed.


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Solid Tumor Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Children’s National is home to a team of dedicated pediatric sarcoma experts who provide advanced care and access to clinical trials for your child. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Osteosarcoma


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Departments that Treat Osteosarcoma

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Solid Tumor Program

Our Solid Tumor Program has a dedicated team of sarcoma experts who specialize in the newest treatments and clinical trials.

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Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children's National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation, with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.