What is Ewing sarcoma?
Ewing sarcoma is a cancer that arises from bone or the soft tissue around bone. It most commonly occurs in the spine, pelvis, chest, arms or legs. It sometimes will spread to the lungs.
Symptoms and diagnosis
Ewing sarcoma symptoms
Symptoms can include:
A lump in the arm or leg bone
Pain in a bone
Swelling or warmth near a bone
Bone pain that does not get better over time or lasts longer than expected for a minor injury
Diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma
To diagnose Ewing sarcoma, your child’s doctor will do an exam, take a detailed medical history and order some tests. Tests can include:
A biopsy to get a sample of the tissue. This will be done while your child is under anesthesia.
Advanced treatment options
Treatment for Ewing sarcoma can include one or all of the following:
Radiation therapy: High energy X-rays are used to shrink tumors and prevent them from growing
Amputation: In rare cases, Ewing sarcoma cannot be completely removed by just removing the tumor and an amputation of the affected limb might be needed.
Understanding pediatric cancer
Our UW Health Kids Cancer Care specialists offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.
Care for your child
Receiving care from the UW Health Kids hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant program at American Family Children’s Hospital means you have access to the knowledge and skills of many medical and support specialists for your child’s complex health diagnosis like cancer.
Meet our team
Experts dedicated to your child's care
Your child’s care is our top priority and we understand the unique needs they have.
Your child’s team will include:
Oncologists (cancer doctors)
Hematologists (blood disease doctors)
Child life specialists
Pain management specialists
Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Radiologists and radiation technologists
Patient and support services
You’re never alone
There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.
Child life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:
Positive Image Center
Spiritual care services
Tyler's Place (sibling child care)
Pediatric cancer services
With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.Learn more