Sarcoma in Children

Ewing, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, and Other Soft Tissue Cancers

Sarcoma treatment in children and young adults requires a team of pediatric and adult sarcoma cancer specialists who work together seamlessly. Duke Children's offers advanced diagnosis and the latest sarcoma treatments personalized to your child's specific type of sarcoma. We address all your child’s needs -- from managing symptoms and providing physical therapy for rehabilitation to ongoing emotional support and follow-up care. You get comprehensive, age-specific care that’s focused on your child’s health today and as they grow into adulthood.

Personalized Care for Your Child's Sarcoma

Sarcoma is cancer that affects connective tissue, including muscle (rhabdomyosarcoma) and bone (osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma). Each type of sarcoma is treated differently, and each child has their own specific care plan. That’s why our team approach is so important.

  • Your child's sarcoma care team includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and pediatric orthopaedic doctors. They work closely with physical therapists, social workers, psychologists, and pediatricians to provide your child with complete care. If needed, we'll bring in additional team members to help minimize symptoms and support you and your child every step of the way. Pediatric and adult sarcoma specialists work as a team, so the transition from pediatric care to adult treatment is seamless.
  • Our sarcoma specialists are also researchers who collaborate with cancer specialists worldwide through the Children's Oncology Group, the world’s largest childhood and adolescent cancer research organization. That means your child gets the combined expertise of leading cancer researchers and has access to the latest treatments, including clinical trials. Our team will discuss potential treatments and help you decide whether a clinical trial is right for your child.
  • We use a full range of tests to learn what type of cancer your child has, whether it has spread, and what course of treatment would be best. We take a sample of the tumor, either by needle biopsy if possible, or through minimally invasive surgery when a larger sample is necessary. Doctors may use imaging tests -- such as CT, MRI, bone scans, and PET scans -- take bone marrow samples, or run other tests to develop a treatment plan. We do what is necessary, but we do not subject your child to unnecessary testing.


We tailor treatments to your child's sarcoma, so your child’s care plan may include more than one approach. We make sure you understand all your child’s options and help you decide what’s best. You’ll know what to expect, and you’ll have all the support and guidance you need during treatment.

Family-Friendly Support Services

You have access to a variety of services, including those of social workers and psychologists who are here to make your child’s experience as positive as possible and to support your family throughout treatment.

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