When Should I See an Osteosarcoma Specialist?

When it comes to both diagnosis and treatment, it’s best to see an osteosarcoma specialist as soon as possible. If you think you’re experiencing osteosarcoma symptoms, an oncologist can review your medical history and recommend any diagnostic tests that might be appropriate. If you’ve already been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a medical oncologist or other specialist can create an individualized treatment plan with the goal of improving your outcome and quality of life.

Signs you should see a specialist

When detected early, osteosarcomas are highly treatable. Some tumors are low-grade, or slow-growing, while others are high-grade and can potentially spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. This makes early detection and prompt treatment especially important.

While several less serious conditions can cause some of the same symptoms as osteosarcoma, you should consider making an appointment with an osteosarcoma specialist if you experience:

  • Bone pain that increases with activity and is typically worst at night
  • Swelling in an arm or leg
  • Difficulty walking or a change in gait

Bone scans, CT scans, MRI scans and other imaging tests can be used to determine the cause of your symptoms. A biopsy (lab test) can also be performed if a suspicious bone mass is detected. From there, your osteosarcoma specialist can determine the most appropriate approach to treatment.

Working with a specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center

At Moffitt Cancer Center, you can consult with a specialist with or without a physician’s referral. Our oncologists provide comprehensive diagnostic services, treatments and supportive care in a single location, drawing on their extensive clinical experience to provide you with individualized attention. To schedule an appointment with an osteosarcoma specialist at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3888 or submit a new patient registration form online.