Osteosarcoma is a common form of bone cancer that can spread to other parts of the body. Osteosarcoma is usually located in the arms or legs, but it can also occur on the jaw bone and, very rarely, on the spine. It tends to occur in children and teenagers who are experiencing growth spurts.


Osteosarcoma symptoms include pain along an area of a bone. At first, the pain may come and go, and it may be worse at night. Later on, there may be swelling or a lump in the area. 

If you experience bone pain, it’s important to see your doctor right away, especially if you’re an older adult.


To diagnose osteosarcoma, your doctor will conduct a physical exam. In addition, he or she may order imaging tests, such as:

  • X-rays – to determine if there are tumors on the bones or organs
  • Bone scan – to help determine if the cancer has spread to other bones
  • CT, MRI, or PET scans to determine if the tumor has spread to other parts of the body

If a tumor is found, then your doctor will need to take a sample of the tissue to determine whether it’s cancerous.

Treatment Options

If you have osteosarcoma, your Aurora care team, including neurologist and neurosurgeons,  will work with you to determine the best treatment options. Treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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