Ewing Sarcoma - Childhood and Adolescence: Symptoms and Signs

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Children and young adults 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 a different 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 young adults with Ewing sarcoma have pain. Pain 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 does not 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. The 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 figure 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 be called palliative care or supportive care. It is often started soon after diagnosis and continued throughout treatment. Be sure to talk with the health care team about the symptoms your child experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.

The next section in this guide is DiagnosisIt explains what tests may be needed to learn more about the cause of the symptoms. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.