Current Oncology Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 296–307 | Cite as

The Adolescent and Young Adult with Cancer: State of the Art - Bone Tumors

  • Nino Rainusso
  • Lisa L. Wang
  • Jason T. YusteinEmail author
Pediatric Oncology (S Epelman, Section Editor)


Primary malignant bone tumors in the pediatric to young adult populations are relatively uncommon and account for about 6 % of all cancers in those less than 20 years old [1] and 3 % of all cancers in adolescents and young adults (AYA) within the age range of 15 to 29 years [2]. Osteosarcoma (OS) and Ewing’s sarcoma (ES) comprise the majority of malignant bone tumors. The approach to treatment for both tumors consists of local control measures (surgery or radiation) as well as systemic therapy with high-dose chemotherapy. Despite earlier advances, there have been no substantial improvements in outcomes over the past several decades, particularly for patients with metastatic disease. This review summarizes the major advances in the treatment of OS and ES and the standard therapies available today, current active clinical trials, and areas of investigation into molecularly targeted therapies.


Osteosarcoma Ewing sarcoma Bone tumor Molecular biology Targeted therapies 


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Nino Rainusso declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Lisa L. Wang has received royalties for Up-To-Date chapter on osteosarcoma.

Jason T. Yustein declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nino Rainusso
    • 1
  • Lisa L. Wang
    • 2
  • Jason T. Yustein
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of MedicineTexas Children’s Cancer and Hematology CentersHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of MedicineTexas Children’s Cancer and Hematology CentersHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of MedicineTexas Children’s Cancer and Hematology CentersHoustonUSA

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