Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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WHO WE ARE — Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a world-class cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's. Learn More

Overview

Children and teens with sarcoma are treated at Seattle Children's, a parent organization of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Seattle Children's has a long history of successfully treating children and teens for sarcoma.

Sarcoma is a form of cancer that begins in the bone, soft tissues, or connective tissues. There are many types of sarcoma. The symptoms depend on the type of disease, where it is, and how much it has grown or spread.

Cancer in children and teens is not very common. Only about one percent of cancers diagnosed in the United States are in children or teens, which is why community doctors often have limited knowledge of pediatric cancer treatment.

Almost all children with cancer in the United States receive treatment through one of the children’s cancer centers that make up the Children’s Oncology Group, like Seattle Children's, a parent organization to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Cancer Care Success Rates

Read about our success rates for treating pediatric cancers.  

Seattle Children's cancer program brings together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. The team of pediatric oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, child life specialists, and chaplains partner with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child's health and treatment options because you, your child, and your family are an important part of the care team.

Because Children's doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, Children's can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Children's cancer program #5 in the nation.

Your child’s doctor at Children's will do a physical exam first to look for signs of cancer and will ask about your child’s health history. The doctor may recommend a number of tests to help identify the type of cancer and see whether it has spread, including a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

Read more about Bone Tumors and Sarcoma on the Seattle Children's web site. 

To make an appointment, call Seattle Children's at (206) 977-2106.