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Ewing's sarcoma
Posted by: giselle
Date: March 20, 2000 7:31 PM

My boyfriend's brother has been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. Where can I find out more about this type of cancer? What is the prognosis for this type of cancer? Is it curable?

Ewing's sarcoma
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: March 21, 2000 11:19 PM

Ewing's sarcoma is the second most common type of bone cancer. It is usually found in the flat bones, such as the pelvis and ribs, as well as the bones of the arms and legs. It tends to spread to other bones and lungs. Ewing's sarcoma accounts for about 30 percent of all primary bone tumors. It usually occurs between ages 10 and 20. About 90 percent of Ewing's sarcoma patients are younger than 30 and is seen more often in males and is rarely diagnosed in non-whites. Mainstream treatment involves the use of a combination of intensive radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Surgical removal of the tumor is also a treatment option for some patients. Sixty percent of children diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma survive. Long-term disease-free survival of patients with localized tumor is about 75 percent. In cases where the tumor has spread to other parts of the body, about 35 percent may expect to enjoy long-term survival and potential cure.



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