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Warning signs and symptoms of pediatric cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma

Ewing's sarcoma, a type of pediatric cancer, spreads when tumor cells enter the blood supply and are circulated to other parts of the body where they may form secondary tumors (metastases). Chemotherapy is given to kill circulating tumor cells. Secondary tumors are most commonly found in the lungs and other bones. Tumor cells may also spread via the lymphatic system. Also, tumors can spread by direct growth of the primary tumor.

What are the symptoms of Ewing's sarcoma? Symptoms of Ewing's sarcoma vary from patient to patient and depend on the location and size of the cancer.
The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain and swelling or tenderness in the affected area. Pain may become very intense when the tumor is located near important nerves.
  • Swelling is prevalent, especially when the long bones of the arms or legs are affected.
  • Fractures may be caused by weakening of the bones related to tumors.
  • Other symptoms of cancer may include tiredness, fever, weight loss, and anemia.

However, none of these symptoms is a sure sign of cancer which is why early detection and prognosis is so important as well as a knowledgeable doctor who is willing to take the proper tests at his disposal.

The Ewing’s sarcoma family of tumors include: Ewing’s tumor of bone; extraosseus (tumor growing outside of the bone); primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), also known as peripheral neuroepithelioma; and Askin’s tumor (PNET of the chest wall). These tumors are rare diseases in which malignant cancer cells are found in the bone and soft tissues. Ewing’s family of tumors most frequently occur in teenagers.

The most common types of pediatric cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and tumors in the brain or abdomen. Suspect pediatric cancer in a child with any of the following symptoms:

  • unexplained bruises
  • persistent oozing from mouth or nose
  • bone pain that is not localized to a specific area and wakes the child at night
  • limping or unable to bear weight
  • backache
  • swollen lymph glands that do not reduce in size – biopsy recommended
  • headaches lasting longer than 2 weeks
  • early morning vomiting

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