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Osteosarcoma: Introduction

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. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Osteosarcoma is available below.

Symptoms of Osteosarcoma

Treatments for Osteosarcoma

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Osteosarcoma: Complications

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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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Disease Topics Related To Osteosarcoma

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Osteosarcoma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Osteosarcoma

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Osteosarcoma: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Osteosarcoma

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Osteosarcoma: Rare Types

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Latest Treatments for Osteosarcoma

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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.

Research about Osteosarcoma

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Clinical Trials for Osteosarcoma

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Statistics for Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma: Broader Related Topics

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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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