What are the symptoms of pediatric sarcomas?
Children may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms depend on the type of sarcoma and other factors and can include:
- Swelling, redness or pain around the site of the tumor
- Weight loss, decreased appetite
- Lethargy, fatigue
- Paralysis or incontinence if the tumor affects the spine
- Numbness, tingling or paralysis if the tumor compresses nerves
How are pediatric sarcomas diagnosed?
Prompt, effective treatment depends on accurate diagnosis and staging. Our team is experienced in identifying sarcomas and use a number of tests to help determine the best course of treatment.
The most common tests for sarcomas are:
- X-rays, bone scans, MRI, CT and PET scans
- Blood tests
- Biopsy of the tumor to confirm the diagnosis and determine the cancer type
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
- Genetic and DNA testing
Pediatric Support Services
Our Pediatric Support Center team addresses the social and emotional needs of your child and provides support to the whole family, including siblings. We provide a compassionate environment, engaging activities and a range of complementary therapies to make sure your child remains psychologically healthy during the treatment process and beyond.