Osteosarcoma also is referred to as osteogenic sarcoma. It is the name of a specific malignant disease or tumor of the bone. It can develop in any bone but usually occurs in the long bones of the arms and legs. Most cases of osteosarcoma are diagnosed between ten and twenty years of age and occur slightly more often in boys than girls. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone tumor and sometimes occurs in a bone that has received very high doses of radiation as treatment for another type of cancer that occurred earlier. In most cases, no one knows what causes this disease. It is not contagious, and nothing you have done or not done is responsible for your child's tumor.
The solid tumor cancer program at Children's is one of the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. We diagnose and treat children with all types of solid tumors, including the following:
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If your child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, we understand it's not easy news to hear, but know that Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will be with you and your child along every step of the way. We believe that by providing the best journey for the patient and family, it will lead to the best outcomes. You'll receive first-rate, compassionate care from the moment we meet.
The cancer and blood disorders team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has the training, knowledge and technology to treat a wide range of conditions. Nearly 900 children are admitted annually as inpatients to the Jim and Colleen Ryan Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's – Minneapolis, making us the largest program in the Upper Midwest. And while we're known as a leader and innovator in the field of pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment, we never forget that each patient is someone's child. Compassion always factors into our approach. We are on the journey with you, because we believe that better journeys lead to better outcomes.
It can be frightening to hear that a child has cancer or a blood disorder. At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we're experts in treating the disease and supporting the patient and family. In addition to offering advanced, individualized care for newly diagnosed children, teens and young adults with cancers and blood disorders, we also provide innovative treatment for rare, relapsed and recurrent cancers.