Osteosarcoma: An introduction

Alessio Biazzo, Massimiliano De Paolis, Nikolin Ali, Carlo Romagnoli, Davide Maria Donati

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This chapter is a broad introduction and overview of the clinical aspects of osteosarcoma. This includes an overview of classical osteosarcoma and its epidemiology, localization, symptoms, and methods of diagnosis. We then discuss details of osteosarcoma staging according to the Enneking's classification. We use the World Health Organization (WHO) nomenclature to discuss the histopathologic features, focusing on microscopy findings, differential diagnosis, and biology of classical osteosarcoma. All three main modalities of treatment are discussed, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation-therapy. We then offer a brief overview of the less common variations of osteosarcoma that may be seen in the clinic. This overview is meant to offer a survey of osteosarcomas and clinical approaches, and serves as an introduction to the other chapters in this book.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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