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Ewing Family of Tumors - Childhood

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Symptoms and Signs

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about body changes and other things that can signal a problem that may need medical care. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

Children and teens with EFT may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, a person with EFT does not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk with your child's doctor.

  • Stiffness, pain, swelling, or tenderness in the bone or in the tissue surrounding the bone. About 85% of children with EFT have pain.
  • A lump near the surface of the skin that may feel warm and soft to the touch
  • A fever that doesn't go away
  • A broken bone that happens without an injury. A tumor growing in the bone can cause the bone to weaken or fracture (break).

Your child’s doctor will ask questions about the symptoms he or she is experiencing to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis. This may include how long your child has been experiencing the symptom(s) and how often.

If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms and side effects remains an important part of your child’s cancer care and treatment. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your child’s health care team about symptoms he or she experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.

Choose “Next” (below, right) to continue reading this guide to learn about what tests and scans your child may have to learn more about the cause of his or her symptoms. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

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