Ewing Sarcoma

(Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors [PNET]; Ewing Family of Tumors)

Definition

Ewing sarcoma is a cancerous bone tumor that may occur in any bone in the body. When it occurs in soft tissue, it is called extraosseous sarcoma. The most commonly affected areas include the pelvis, thigh, lower leg, upper arm, and chest wall.
Leg and Pelvic Bones—Common Sarcoma Sites
Leg bones
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Causes

The causes of Ewing sarcoma are not fully understood. Chromosomal rearrangement that alters the genes may be a factor.

Risk Factors

Because the causes of the cancer are unknown, risk factors are also not fully understood. Ewing sarcoma appears to be more common in Caucasians, teenagers, and males.

Symptoms

Symptoms include:
  • Pain, redness, and swelling surrounding the tumor
  • Fever
  • Weight loss and reduced appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Incontinence
  • Numbness, tingling, and paralysis
  • Difficulty breathing

Diagnosis

You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You will be treated by a team of doctors which may include an oncologist who specializes in cancer, an orthopaedic surgeon who operates on bones, and a radiation oncologist who works with radiation to kill cancer cells.Your bodily structures may need to be viewed. This can be done with:Your bodily fluids and tissues may need to be tested. This can be done with:
Bone Biopsy
Bone biopsy
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals



July 2015

A randomized trial found that fecal microbiota transplantation had a higher rate of remission in patients with active ulcerative colitis than those who recieved placebo. Fecal transplantation is believed to help the intestine develop a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut which can help the intestine recover and function more effectively.

dot separator
previous editions


June 2015


May 2015

Chewing Gum After Surgery May Improve Digestive Tract Recovery
April 2015

dashed separator

Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook