Childhood cancer is a scary diagnosis for parents to hear.  Sometimes the news is horrible and Kansas City parents are forced to deal with the worst possible outcomes.  Ewing's Sarcoma is a childhood cancer that strikes young people, usually between the ages of 10 and 20.  Fortunately, Ewing's sarcoma is a very treatable illness, just so long as it is caught in the early stages.


Ewings sarcoma is a cancer that often begins in the bones or soft tissue, forming a tumor that can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.  Cure rates are good with early detection, even in the event that the tumor returns the cure rate is still significant.

Learning the symptoms of Ewing's sarcoma is an important step for parents.  Catching the disease early, or insisting on diagnostic tests when symptoms are present may help lead to a happier outcome.  Symptoms of Ewing's sarcoma include arm swelling and soreness, as well as redness and pain in the extremities that can become increasingly intense.  Tingling and numbness are other symptoms sometimes associated with the disease. You may also see persistent and unexplained fever.   General weakness, fatigue, and even anemia can signal Ewing's sarcoma.  Be sure to have any persistent or unexplained fever looked into, as well as unexplained or unusual weight loss in your child.

Diagnosis of Ewing's sarcoma is usually completed through tests done on the area that is swollen or in pain.  Ultrasound technology, computerized tomography (CT) scans, or positron emission tomography (PET) scans can each be used to detect a mass that is then evaluated by specialists for confirmation of a cancerous tumor.  Another popular diagnostic tool is an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.  X-rays are used sometimes as well.  The important point to make to your child's physician is that any one of these diagnostic tests are called for when your child experiences the symptoms of Ewing's sarcoma.  Follow up with a biopsy is necessary to determine if there is a malignancy present.  This form of childhood cancer is rare -- accounting for only about two or three percent of all childhood tumors.  Your doctor may simply lack the experience with the illness to understand the necessity of early screening.


Depending on the location of the tumor, treatment may call for surgery to remove the tumor.  Amputation is rare, and efforts are made to save the limb whenever possible.  Further treatment may call for radiation and chemotherapy.  New treatments like stem cell transplants followed by rehabilitation show promise as well.  Ewing's sarcoma is a highly treatable childhood cancer. Unfortunately, when doctors fail to diagnose Ewing's sarcoma in a timely fashion, the tumors may grow too large or spread to far throughout the body for doctors to effectively treat and beat the disease.This is why early detection is so essential.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.