Osteosarcoma is a rare bone cancer, with about 1,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. It most commonly affects children, teens and young adults, and accounts for about 3 percent of childhood cancer cases. Osteosarcoma can develop in any bone, but usually develops in bones that grow quickly, such as the thigh bone, shinbone and upper arm bone.
This cancer is thought to start from a mesenchymal stem cell, which develops into fibrous tissue, cartilage or bone. Rarely, these stem cells that become bone – osteoblasts – become cancer cells.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Goshen, IN, or a surrounding area, Goshen Center for Cancer Care can help. With our patient navigation program and survivor network, you can find the extra support you need before, during and after treatment. We create a treatment plan that cares for your complete well-being and looks beyond your cancer.
To learn more, request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.