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Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteogenic Sarcoma

Sarcoma is a type of cancer that originates in cells of the soft tissues or bone. Osteogenic sarcoma , also called osteosarcoma, is a cancer that arises in bone cells, and usually occurs in the ends of the long bones in the body such as the leg or upper arm. Sometimes, it's also found in the bones of the skull, jaw, or pelvis.

Osteogenic sarcoma accounts for about 75 percent of all bone cancers in children, making it the most common bone cancer in children. 

Osteogenic sarcoma tends to metastasize, so early treatment is important. Treatment typically includes surgery followed by chemotherapy.

Stanford Expertise

The Stanford CancerCenter takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients and your team will meet to develop a personalized treatment plan.


Osteogenic sarcoma can be caused by genetic syndromes such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome.  Genetic counselors at the Cancer Center can assess whether there is a genetic cause to your disease.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

More information about osteogenic sarcoma can be found at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. 


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