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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is cancer that starts in a bone. Osteosarcoma is commonly found inside the long bones of your body, such as your arm or leg bones. It may also grow on the surface of your bones or in soft tissue, such as muscles.

What increases my risk for osteosarcoma?

The cause of your osteosarcoma may not be known. The following may increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of osteosarcoma?

How is osteosarcoma diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will measure the size, location, and shape of your tumor. Your provider may move your limb to see if your tumor changes with the movement. Your provider may feel your tumor to check if it is hard or soft, or painful when touched. Your provider will check to see if the tumor has spread to other areas. You may need any of the following:

How is osteosarcoma treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage my osteosarcoma?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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