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 and Spine Sarcoma

Unlike with some cancers, there are currently no recommended screening exams for bone and spine sarcomas. Patients can check for masses or swelling in or around a bone that feels different than the opposite limb.

Bone and Spine Sarcoma Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of getting a bone and spine sarcoma. Risk factors include:

  • Past treatment with radiation therapy
  • Past treatment with anticancer drugs 
  • Having a certain change in the retinoblastoma gene or hereditary retinoblastoma
  • Having certain conditions, such as:
  • Paget’s disease
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Rothmund-Thomson syndrome
  • Werner syndrome
  • Multiple Hereditary Exostoses (MHE)
  • Ollier disease 
  • Maffucci's syndrome

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Not everyone with risk factors will get bone and 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 and 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.

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