To detect osteosarcoma, your doctor, in addition to performing a physical examination and checking your medical history, will order blood tests and the following imaging studies:
- Bone scintigraphy.
- Computed tomography.
- Positron emission tomography.
They will also perform a biopsy to know if it is cancer cells, what type of cancer it is, and its level of aggression. This biopsy can be by puncture or surgical.
Treatment will be based on the type of osteosarcoma you have, where it started, and how far along it is, but it usually includes chemotherapy treatments, surgery, and sometimes radiation therapy.
If you require surgical treatment, this may consist of:
- Surgery to remove the tumors seeking to preserve the affected limbs.
- Amputation of the affected limb.
- Rotationplasty to cut only the lower part of the leg.
Currently, advances in the treatment of osteosarcoma have allowed obtaining good results to eradicate this type of cancer, although you will require regular check-ups for life to monitor the possible late effects of treatments.
Since its opening in 2009, our Cancer Center offers chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments at the level of the best medical centers in the world through a comprehensive care model for cancer patients.