At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying bone and spine sarcoma prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. With one of the top sarcoma research and treatment programs in the country, the OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes bone and spine sarcomas — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.
Screening for Bone & Spine Sarcoma
Cancer screening exams can help find bone or spine sarcoma at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.
Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose bone and spine sarcomas early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
Unlike with some cancers, there are currently no recommended screening exams for bone or spine sarcomas.
Once sarcoma has been diagnosed, each patient meets with dedicated medical, surgical and radiation oncology experts – all in one day – who sub-specialize in treating bone and spine sarcoma patients, so that a precise treatment path can be designed and begun right away.
Additionally, the OSUCCC – James partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the OSU Wexner Medical Center to offer world-renowned sarcoma expertise in one of the top integrated pediatric and adult sarcoma care programs anywhere in the country.
Bone & Spine Sarcoma Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of getting a bone or spine sarcoma. Risk factors for osteosarcoma include the following:
- Past treatment with radiation therapy
- Past treatment with anticancer drugs called alkylating agents
- Having a certain change in the retinoblastoma gene
- Having certain conditions, such as the following:
- Hereditary retinoblastoma
- Paget disease
- Diamond-Blackfan anemia
- Li-Fraumeni syndrome
- Rothmund-Thomson syndrome
- Bloom syndrome
- Werner syndrome
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will get bone or spine sarcoma, but having certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing the disease, so it’s important to talk to your doctor.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a bone or spine sarcoma, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a sarcoma specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.