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S: Osteosarcoma

FC: Osteosarcoma | Cancer of the Bones | By: Chelsey Getz 2012

1: This book is dedicated to my mamaw and papaw who have both fought cancer.

3: Osteosarcoma is a cancerous bone tumor. It can affect anyone starting from the mid teen years, up until your sixties you can be diagnosed; while it is more common with people under 20 years old. With almost any type of cancer for that matter.

4: Osteosarcoma is found usually in the shin area, the arm (towards the shoulder), and thigh. This tumor weakens the bone and once it has settled in it can easily be broken and spread throughout the body. This cancer isn't preventable.

5: Symptoms of osteosarcoma include: - limitation of movement - limping; if the tumor is in the leg area - pain when lifting; if tumor is in the arm or shoulder area and isn't a routine movement - swelling or redness at the site. ** Osteosarcoma is found with tests and radioactive scanners such as: - blood tests - bone scan - CT scan ( computerized tomography ) - PET scan ( positron emission tomography ) - MRI scan ( magnetic resonance imaging ) - x-ray - biopsy ( at the time prior )

6: The radioactive substances you see here are given if there is a possible suspicious area, to see if the cancer is malignant, to see if the treatment is effective or to see if a new cancer has developed.

7: Osteosarcomas' diagnosis traits are if the person has pain swelling, bone fractures and/or have had a physical exam and there is an abnormal mass.

9: TREATMENT Treatment for this type of cancer is usually given after the surgery. Although, chemotherapy will be given beforehand if there will be a major surgery, to shrink the tumor and cancerous cells spread throughout the body and also for easier access during surgery.

10: Other informational facts on Osteosarcoma! - very treatable in early diagnosis - in advanced stages, amputation is necessary - Osteosarcoma and other bone cancers have been linked to high doses of radiation - anemia as well as a fever as a symptom - average age at diagnosis is 15, also around the 60's. - more commonly seen in males

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