What is the outlook for a child who has osteosarcoma?

The outlook depends on many factors, including:

  • The size and location of the tumor.
  • Whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
  • How the child responds to treatment.
  • The ability of the immune system to fight the cancer.

Because of improvements in chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and control of side effects, more children are achieving better results from treatment, experiencing full recovery, and living longer.