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Osteoid Osteoma in Children

  • Overview

    An osteoid osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous), small tumor that usually grows in the long bones of a person’s lower extremities. The thighbone is the most common location, although it can occur in the bones of the hand and it sometimes occurs in the lower part of the spine.

    • The tumor may cause pain, but it doesn’t spread.
    • In young children, it may deform the bone or stimulate the bone to grow larger or longer.
    • It usually appears in teenagers and young adults.
    • Its cause is unknown.
    • The most common treatment uses radio frequencies to heat and kill cancerous cells.
    • Treatments are usually successful, though the tumors can come back.

    How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches osteoid osteoma

    Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for children and adolescents with bone and soft tissue tumors.

    We understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with an osteoid osteoma. Is it dangerous? Will it affect my child long-term? What do we do next? We’ve tried to provide some answers to those questions in the following pages, and our experts can explain your child’s condition fully. If you have further questions during your hospital stay, our experts can answer your questions fully.

    Our Bone and Soft Tissue Program’s multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that your child’s case will be given thoughtful discussion by anintegrated 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

    Our team developed a new technique that uses intraoperative bone scan for the surgical removal of spinal osteoid osteoma, which helps our surgeons more accurately removal of the tumor.

    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 they received.
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