Treating osteosarcoma usually starts with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and prevent new ones from forming. Then, if the tumor is contained enough to be taken out, we perform surgery to remove it. If it isn’t, we use radiation to destroy cancer cells.
Our surgeons are leaders in performing procedures that not only completely remove tumors but also make sure patients can use the affected body part as freely as possible. In some cases, we can also offer limb-lengthening procedures to restore your child’s bone more fully.
Treatment for Recurrent or Metastatic Osteosarcoma
In the rare case that your child’s tumor returns or spreads to other areas of the body, treatment could include surgery, radiation therapy, and forms of chemotherapy that the patient hasn’t had before. Your child may also be eligible for new therapies through clinical trials.
We are testing the use of an immune system therapy against osteosarcoma that has spread to another area of the body. This treatment has made a significant difference in how we treat neuroblastoma, a different tumor that affects children. Our experts hope to learn if it can help young patients with osteosarcoma too.