Journal article

A review of clinical and molecular prognostic factors in osteosarcoma

Jonathan CM Clark, Crispin R Dass, Peter FM Choong

Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology | SPRINGER | Published : 2008


Traditional prognostic determinants in osteosarcoma have included demographics (age, sex), tumour size, site, stage, and the response to chemotherapy. Many of these are determined using varying techniques and units of measurement, which can make comparison between studies difficult. The absence of survival difference between limb sparing surgery and amputation has been repeatedly demonstrated in primary disease, and even in the setting of pathological fracture. On the other hand, there is still some controversy over the existence of increased local recurrence for limb-sparing surgery, and the implications of this. Commonly used prognostic determinants such as metastases, and response to chem..

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