Ewing Sarcoma - Childhood and Adolescence: Symptoms and Signs

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Children and teens with Ewing sarcoma may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with Ewing sarcoma do not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom may be another medical condition that is not cancer.

  • Stiffness, pain, swelling, or tenderness in the bone or in the tissue surrounding the bone. About 85% of children and teens with Ewing sarcoma have pain that can come and go and be less severe at night.

  • 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 become weak or fracture.

If you are concerned about any changes your child experiences, please talk with your child’s doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often your child has been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.

If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms 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.

The next section in this guide is Diagnosis. It explains what tests may be needed to learn more about the cause of the symptoms. Or, use the menu to choose another section to continue reading this guide.