Survivors of osteosarcoma at increased risk for second malignant neoplasms

August 28, 2014
Survivors of osteosarcoma demonstrated an increased risk for second malignant neoplasms, and the risk persisted long after the conclusion of osteosarcoma treatment, according to study results.

Researchers also observed elevated risks among patients treated in more recent time periods.
“Patients should be monitored indefinitely for second malignant neoplasms after the completion of their treatment for osteosarcoma,” Jean S. Lee, MD, of the department of pediatrics at Benioff Children’s Hospital at University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues wrote. “The findings … may help to direct the type of surveillance screening for second malignant neoplasms in this population, with an emphasis on breast and blood cancers.”…

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