Childhood Ewing's Sarcoma Diagnosis
Although Ewing's sarcomas are rare, MD Anderson pediatricians see many of these patients and have the expertise to diagnose and treat these tumors.
Ewing's Sarcoma Diagnostic Tests
An X-ray is generally the first diagnostic test ordered when a child has bone pain or other symptoms. While X-rays can detect the tumor, the pediatric oncologist may order another imaging test such as an MRI or CT scan to get more detailed information about the tumor location and whether or not it has spread. A bone biopsy may also be done to ensure a correct diagnosis, since other cancers may affect bone.
Getting a Second Opinion at MD Anderson
The pathologists at MD Anderson are highly specialized in diagnosing and staging Ewing's sarcoma, and we welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions.
If you would like to get a second opinion at MD Anderson, call 1-877-MDA-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.
Why Choose MD Anderson?
- The Children’s Cancer Hospital is within the No. 1 cancer center in America
- Access to novel therapies and state-of-the-art technologies before most children’s hospitals
- We see more types of cancer than any other children’s hospital in Texas
- Family-centered care that actively involves parents in their child’s treatment
- A strong cancer research program focused on developing new therapies for pediatric patients
- Comprehensive support services such as an accredited school program, creative arts, child life and career counseling
- An Adolescent and Young Adult Program that specializes in the unique medical and psychological needs of patients aged 15-25
Ewing's Sarcoma Knowledge Center
Ewing's Sarcoma Staging
(source: National Cancer Institute)
Ewing's sarcomas are grouped based on whether the cancer has spread from the bone or soft tissue in which the cancer began. The tumors are described as either localized or metastatic:
Localized Ewing's sarcoma: The cancer is found in the bone or soft tissue in which the cancer began and may have spread to nearby tissue, including lymph nodes.
Metastatic Ewing's sarcoma: The cancer has spread from the bone or soft tissue in which the cancer began to other parts of the body. In Ewings sarcoma, the cancer most often spreads to the lung, other bones and bone marrow.