What is Osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the bone.  Osteosarcoma commonly develops in children during periods of rapid growth.  The most common form of malignant bone tumors in children, osteosarcoma requires aggressive treatment.  

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists offer innovative treatment options for those suffering from osteosarcoma.  Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons treat cases of osteosarcoma with a state of the art approach and individualized treatment plans.  If you or a loved one are suffering from osteosarcoma, turn to the experts at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

What Are Symptoms of Osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma symptoms include:

  • Tenderness, redness and/or swelling
  • Bone Pain
  • Bone fractures, often after a routine movement or activity

What is Osteosarcoma Treatment?

Osteosarcoma treatment generally requires a combination of aggressive chemotherapy and surgery.  Only an orthopaedic specialist is equipped to outline an optimal treatment plan for patients suffering from osteosarcoma.

A biopsy will be performed as soon as possible to determine if the tumor is in fact malignant.  Once malignancy has been confirmed chemotherapy will be administered in an effort to reduce the size of the tumor and kill any cancer cells that may have metastasized.  Once chemotherapy is completed the surgery is performed to remove the remaining tumor.  This method is known as limb-salvage as it often enables doctors to effectively save the patient’s affected limb.  In very rare cases amputation is performed to eliminate the chances of an osteosarcoma reoccurrence.

What Does an Osteosarcoma Prognosis Entail?

The long term survival rate for patients suffering from osteomyelitis is extremely high.  The survival rate is greatly reduced in cases when the tumor metastasized to the lungs.  This is why it is very important to seek medical attention immediately when symptoms occur.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists provide cutting edge treatment options for patients suffering from osteomyelitis.  Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are prepared to diagnose and aggressively treat osteomyelitis.  If you are interested in learning more about your bone cancer treatment options, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.