Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Long-term outlook for a child with osteogenic sarcoma

Prognosis for osteogenic sarcoma greatly depends on:

  • Extent of the disease.
  • Size and location of the tumor.
  • Presence or absence of metastasis.
  • Tumor’s response to therapy.
  • Age and overall health of your child.
  • Your child’s tolerance of specific medications, procedures or therapies.
  • New developments in treatment.

As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Every child is unique, and treatment and prognosis are structured around the child's needs. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as second malignancies, can occur in survivors of osteogenic sarcoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.