In 965 patients with high-grade osteosarcoma of the extremities, we investigated the correlation between diagnostic delay and the stage of the tumor at presentation. The mean interval between the onset of first symptoms and the final diagnosis was significantly shorter in patients with metastatic disease than in patients with localized disease at the time of the diagnosis. The difference was due to a late presentation of patients with localized disease to the physician and not to delays in performing radiologic examinations or in referring patients to a specialized hospital for biopsy and treatment. We conclude that in high-grade osteosarcoma of the extremity the shorter interval between onset of symptoms and diagnosis observed in patients with disseminated disease at the time of the diagnosis reflects a more aggressive behavior of tumors that are metastatic at presentation.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - May 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research