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What is Bone Sarcoma?

Cancer beginning in the bone is called bone sarcoma, also referred to as bone cancer. Bone sarcomas are rare cancers, accounting for less than one percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. Most bone sarcomas are diagnosed in children and young adults. However, adults may develop certain types of bone sarcomas.

Because bone sarcoma is rare, it's important to receive treatment at a cancer center, such as Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, that has a multidisciplinary team of experts in sarcoma.

Our sarcoma program sees and evaluates patients of all ages. For patients younger than 12, some or all of the treatment may be performed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For information about treatment of sarcoma in children, visit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Bone Sarcoma Symptoms

Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer, but not all bone cancers cause pain. Persistent or unusual pain or swelling in or near a bone can be caused by cancer or by other conditions.

If you are experiencing unusual pain or swelling in or near a bone, you may want to speak with one of our Penn Medicine physicians for a consultation.