Osteosarcoma: Osteosarcoma is the most common type of malignant bone cancer, accounting for 35% of primary bone malignancies. There is a preference for the metaphyseal region of tubular long bones. 50% of cases occur around the knee.
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Symptoms of Osteosarcoma
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Causes of Osteosarcoma
- The exact cause is unknown
- It has been related to environmental triggers such as radium, fluoride and low Vitamin D3
- Osteosarcomas often involve inactivation of the tumor-suppressor gene Rb, and are occasionally seen in conjunction with retinoblastoma
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Misdiagnosis and Osteosarcoma
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more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed
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with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure.
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Prognosis for Osteosarcoma
Prognosis for Osteosarcoma:
Stage 1 osteosarcoma has excellent prognosis.
Stage 2 and 3 osteosarcoma has a bad prognosis.
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Clinical Trials for Osteosarcoma
The US based website ClinicalTrials.gov lists information on both federally
and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
Some of the clinical trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov for Osteosarcoma include:
- Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Peripheral Neuroectodermal Tumors, Ewing's Sarcoma, Wilms' Tumor, or Bone Cancer - This study is no longer recruiting patients (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - cyclophosphamide,doxorubicin,etoposide,ifosfamide,vincristine
- Ecteinascidin 743 in Treating Patients With Previously Treated Metastatic Osteosarcoma - This study is no longer recruiting patients (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - ecteinascidin 743
- Bortezomib in Treating Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Sarcoma - This study has been suspended (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - bortezomib
- Comparison of High-Dose Methotrexate (HDM) Plus Doxorubicin to HDM Plus Etoposide-Ifosfamide in Osteosarcoma Children - This study has been completed (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - Etoposide, Ifosfamide, Methotrexate,Doxorubicin, Methotrexate
- Imatinib Mesylate in Treating Patients With Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma or Bone Sarcoma - This study is no longer recruiting patients (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - imatinib mesylate
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Definitions of Osteosarcoma:
A sarcoma originating in bone-forming cells, affecting the ends of long bones. It is the most common and most malignant of sarcomas of the bones, and occurs chiefly among 10- to 25-year-old youths. (From Stedman, 25th ed)
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Malignant bone tumor; most common in children and young adults where it tends to affect the femur
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
Osteosarcoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Osteosarcoma, or a subtype of Osteosarcoma,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Osteosarcoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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