Ewing Sarcoma

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  • EFT
  • Ewing family of tumors
  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Ewing tumor
  • TEF
  • tumor of the Ewing family (TEF)

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Ewing sarcoma is a rare bone tumor that occurs most often in adolescents. It can also arise outside of the bone in soft tissue (extraosseous Ewing sarcoma). Ewing sarcoma is related to another type of tumor known as primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET). Researchers have learned that these tumors are associated with the same chromosomal abnormality (balanced reciprocal translocation) and share many physiological characteristics. Consequently, these tumors are sometimes collectively classified as the Ewing family of tumors (EFT). This general term encompasses Ewing sarcoma of bone, extraosseous Ewing sarcoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumor, and Askin's tumor (a tumor of the chest wall). Ewing sarcoma of bone accounts for approximately 70 percent of the tumors in this family. Generally, the term Ewing sarcoma is preferred because, despite the different names, it is one tumor, molecularly. Ewing sarcoma of bone most often affects the long bone of the legs (femur) and flat bones such as those found in the pelvis and chest well. Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive cancer that may spread (metastasize) to the lungs, other bones, and bone marrow potentially causing life-threatening complications. The exact cause of these tumors is unknown.

Ewing sarcoma was first described in the medical literature in 1921 by Dr. James Ewing. Ewing sarcoma is the second most common primary bone tumor in children and accounts for approximately 2% of all childhood cancer diagnoses.

NORD's report on Ewing sarcoma is a detailed summary of the main aspects of this rare disorder. The National Cancer Institute offers comprehensive, in-depth information on this disorder, which is available at,

For patients: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/ewings/Patient

For healthcare professionals: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/ewings/HealthProfessional

Supporting Organizations

American Cancer Society, Inc.

250 Williams NW St
Ste 6000
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: (404)320-3333
Tel: (800)227-2345
Website: http://www.cancer.org


76 Ellsworth Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: (415)826-0474
Email: info@beatsarcoma.org
Website: http://www.beatsarcoma.org/


American Society of Clinical Oncology
2318 Mill Road Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (571)483-1780
Fax: (571)366-9537
Tel: (888)651-3038
Email: contactus@cancer.net
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Friends of Cancer Research

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Washington, DC 22202
Tel: (202)944-6700
Email: info@focr.org
Website: http://www.focr.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

National Cancer Institute

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Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
Tel: (301)435-3848
Tel: (800)422-6237
Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.cancer.gov

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

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Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301)650-9127
Fax: (301)565-9670
Tel: (888)650-9127
Email: info@canceradvocacy.org
Website: http://www.canceradvocacy.org/

Northwest Sarcoma Foundation

P.O. Box 91460
Portland, OR 97291
Tel: (503)954-5740
Email: melissa@nwsarcoma.org
Website: http://www.nwsarcoma.org

OncoLink: The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource

3400 Spruce Street
2 Donner
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Tel: (215)349-8895
Fax: (215)349-5445
Email: hampshire@uphs.upenn.edu
Website: http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu

Rare Cancer Alliance

1649 North Pacana Way
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Website: http://www.rare-cancer.org

Sarcoma Alliance

775 East Blithedale 334
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel: (415)381-7236
Fax: (415)381-7235
Email: info@sarcomaalliance.org
Website: http://www.sarcomaalliance.org

Sarcoma Foundation of America

9899 Main Street Ste 204
Damascus, MD 20872
Tel: (301)253-8687
Fax: (301)253-8690
Email: info@curesarcoma.org
Website: http://www.curesarcoma.org

For a Complete Report

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Last Updated:  1/12/1970
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