Childhood bone cancer

What is childhood bone cancer?

Primary bone cancer starts in bone cells. The most common type of bone cancer in children is osteosarcoma. Learn about childhood bone cancer in our guide.

Risks for childhood bone cancer

Risks for childhood bone cancer (osteosarcoma) include genetic syndromes and previous radiation. Learn about childhood bone cancer risk.

Symptoms of childhood bone cancer

The most common symptom of childhood bone cancer is pain in the bone or joint where the tumour is. Learn about symptoms of childhood bone cancer.

Diagnosis of childhood bone cancer

Tests to diagnose childhood bone cancer, such as x-rays and CT scans, are done when symptoms are present. Learn about diagnosing childhood bone cancer.

Staging childhood bone cancer

Doctors use stage to plan cancer treatment. There are 2 staging systems used for childhood bone cancer. Learn about staging childhood bone cancer.

If childhood bone cancer spreads

Cancer can spread from the bone to other parts of the body. This is called metastasis. Learn where childhood bone cancer can spread.

Prognosis and survival for childhood bone cancer

Prognosis and survival depend on many factors. These are different for each type of bone cancer. Learn about prognosis and survival of childhood bone cancer.

Treatments for childhood bone cancer

Treatments for childhood bone cancer include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Learn about treatment plans and options for childhood bone cancer.

Supportive care

Supportive care is an important part of cancer care. It helps children and their families meet the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. It helps improve the quality of life of children living with cancer. It can help children cope with cancer and its treatment.

Childhood bone cancer statistics

Osteosarcoma is the most common childhood bone cancer, followed by Ewing sarcoma. Learn about Canadian childhood bone cancer statistics.