Ewing's sarcoma

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that affects the bones. It is named after the doctor who discovered it, James Ewing.

Around 600 cases of bone cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, and Ewing’s sarcoma is one type. It is commonly found in young people aged between 10 and 20.

Ewing’s sarcoma does not usually cause symptoms in its early stages, although there may be pain and swelling. It is often diagnosed when you are having an X-ray to look at another injury.


Ewing’s sarcoma can be treated using a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In some cases, an amputation may be necessary.

As with most types of cancer, the outlook for individual cases depends largely on how far the cancer has advanced at the time of diagnosis.

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