Current Oncology Reports

, 16:395 | Cite as

Advances in Therapy for Pediatric Sarcomas

  • Aaron Weiss
  • Jonathan Gill
  • John Goldberg
  • Joanne Lagmay
  • Holly Spraker-Perlman
  • Rajkumar Venkatramani
  • Damon Reed
Sarcomas (SR Patel, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Sarcomas


Pediatric sarcomas are relatively rare malignancies individually. As a group they are typically approached with combination chemotherapies in addition to local control. Fortunately, these malignancies have been approached through careful clinical trial collaboration to define risk groups and appropriately deliver local control measures and systemic therapies. Although local disease is typically approached with curative intent, therapy typically lasts over 6 months and has significant associated morbidities. It is more difficult to cure metastatic disease or induce sustained remissions. In this article, we discuss recent advances in the understanding of the disease process and highlight recent and future cooperative group trials in osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, nonrhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcomas, and desmoid tumor as well as discuss promising therapeutic approaches such as epigenetics and immunotherapy.


Sarcomas Pediatric sarcomas Rare malignancies Oncology Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Weiss
    • 1
  • Jonathan Gill
    • 2
  • John Goldberg
    • 3
  • Joanne Lagmay
    • 4
  • Holly Spraker-Perlman
    • 5
  • Rajkumar Venkatramani
    • 6
  • Damon Reed
    • 7
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Hematology-OncologyMaine Medical CenterPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Hospital at MontefioreAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of PediatricsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.Division of Pediatric Oncology, Primary Children’s HospitalUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  6. 6.Division of Hematology, Oncology & BMT, Children’s Hospital Los AngelesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Sarcoma Department, Adolescent and Young Adult ProgramChemical Biology and Molecular Medicine, Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA

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