Non-Ossifying Fibroma

What is a non-ossifying fibroma?

A non-ossifying fibroma is a benign (non-cancerous), non-aggressive tumor that consists mainly of fibrous tissue. It usually occurs in the thighbone or shinbone, but may also occur in the upper extremities.

  • A non-ossifying fibroma usually produces no symptoms.
  • It usually resolves by itself.
  • It never spreads.
  • Its cause is unknown.
  • It often discovered by chance on an x-ray.
  • Surgery is only necessary of it causes a fracture or weakens the bone.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s approaches non-ossifying fibroma

Our Bone and Soft Tissue Program’s multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that your child’s case will be given thoughtful discussion by an integrated care from a team that includes the following specialists:

  • pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists
  • pediatric experts from every medical subspecialty, such as orthopedics, ophthalmology, physical therapy and radiology, among others
  • highly skilled and experienced pediatric oncology nurses
  • Child Life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who provide supportive care before, during and after treatment

In addition, our cancer center offers the following services:

  • Expert diagnosis by pathologists using advanced molecular diagnostic testing to identify your child’s type of tumor. Knowing the molecular composition of a tumor helps predict which treatments are more likely to work.
  • Access to unique Phase I clinical trials, from our own investigators, and from the Children’s Oncology Group.
  • Expert surgical care from experienced pediatric surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons, several of whom developed approaches used at centers across the country.
  • Support services to address all of your child and family’s needs.
  • A weekly survivorship clinic, which set the national standard for childhood cancer survivorship care. This weekly clinic offers ongoing care to manage late effects caused by your child’s cancer or the treatment she’s received.