Treatments for Osteosarcoma in Children

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Our pediatric and adolescent bone and sarcoma treatment team focuses on children, teenagers and young adults because kids need a different treatment approach than adults when it comes to all cancers, including osteosarcoma. We start with X-ray, MRI, diagnostic bone scan and bone biopsies. Through our multispecialty clinic, patients see a team of experts in single visit. All patients are reviewed in a multispecialty team conference that includes surgical, medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and many other specialists. Each patient has a nurse navigator and leaves with a detailed verbal and written care plan—a road map for their cancer care—that has been decided on together as a team.

When surgery is needed to remove tumors, we use the latest techniques to effectively remove the cancer. Our orthopedic oncology surgeons are also skilled at reconstructing complex areas, such as the spine and pelvis. We’re researching new combinations of chemotherapy and localized radiation to focus more specifically on the cancerous cells. 

As a pediatric member of the national Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration, we’re able to offer the latest clinical trials. We’re also researching new combinations of chemotherapy and localized radiation to focus more specifically on the cancerous cells.

Treatments We Provide


Chemotherapy is usually given both before and after surgery. Chemotherapy kills pockets of cancer cells in the body, including those too small to show on medical scans.


Surgery can often effectively remove bone cancer. Wherever possible, we use surgical techniques that avoid amputation and save a limb. Our orthopedic oncology surgeons safely remove the cancer and often work with other pediatric specialists (sports medicine surgeons, plastic surgeons, etc.) to reconstruct limbs to maximize function.

External Radiation Therapy/ Localized Radiation

Radiation using high-energy x-rays may be used in addition to surgery, to ensure that any remaining cancer cells have been destroyed. Localized radiation can attack specific malignant cells that may remain after surgery and has fewer side effects than conventional radiation. Radiation is used in certain, isolated cases, but chemotherapy and surgery are the main treatment strategies for bone cancer in children.