Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in children, with about 400 children and young adults diagnosed in the United States each year, most commonly during rapid growth in the teen years. It is much easier to treat in the early stages, so prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating this disease, and in working with children or teens and their families to provide vital support services. As Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance, we are committed to providing the best possible treatment and outcomes for osteosarcoma, and age-appropriate care and support in a nurturing, nonthreatening environment. We also partner with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to ensure your child has access to all the pediatric specialty and support services needed.
Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that usually starts in osteoblasts, a type of bone cell that becomes new bone tissue. It is most common in the ends of long bones such as those in the arms and legs, especially near the knee. It is sometimes found in soft tissue or organs in the chest or abdomen.
Osteosarcoma is generally classified as high, intermediate or low grade, depending on how likely it is that the cancer will grow and spread. Types of osteosarcoma can include:
The biggest risk factors for osteosarcoma are:
Because the known risk factors are not preventable, there are no recommended lifestyle changes to prevent osteosarcoma.