Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer. Specifically, it is a cancerous tumor of the bone. This type of cancer usually develops from osteoblasts, which are a kind of cell that helps bone to grow. For this reason, it is most often found in teenagers that are undergoing rapid growth. It is the most common type of bone cancer and boys are more likely to develop it than girls.
Treatment will often include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Surgery to remove tumors is also sometimes performed.
It is possible to survive osteosarcoma but, as with other types of cancer, it helps if the disease is caught early on. Here are a few of the symptoms that show you might have the condition.
Symptom #1: Pain
Feeling a pain somewhere in the body is not unusual and not always something to worry about. Such pains will often go away by themselves without having done any harm. If they linger for too long, though, or if they are too unbearable, you should arrange to get them checked out as soon as possible.
One of the first symptoms of osteosarcoma is that the patient will feel pain in the affected area. It is more likely to occur in long bones than in shorter ones. This means that the pain will usually be felt in the leg bones and on the upper arms.