Ewing Sarcoma

By: Michaela and Ann

Ewing Sarcoma

A type of cancer that forma in the bone and/or soft tissue. An other name for this type of cancer is peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor and pPNET.

Who's At Risk

Ewing's sarcoma is a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents. Its one of the cancers that is collectively known as Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors. It's the second most common bone cancer in children, but it's also relatively uncommon. It accounts for only 1% of all childhood cancers. Although it can occur at any age, it very rarely occurs in adults over the age of 30.

Help Prevent

No specific way to prevent Ewing Sarcoma but is you catch it early it may help or odds, or if you have reached the age when you can't get it. Ewing's Sarcoma is caused by a translocation in the 11th and 22nd chromosomes. Meaning, the 11th and 22nd chromosomes switched places by an accidental horizontal gene transfer during conception. You should have had genetic testing done for this to notify yourself if your children could inherit this gene. Right now, there is no way to switch or correct the chromosomal error. In the future doctors may develop double-stranded DNA viruses called MetaViruses, and use them as gene vectors to change someone's gene as in your case.

Groups That Help

European Intergroup Cooperative Ewing's Sarcoma Study (EICESS)

The Ewing Sarcoma Online Support Group (cancer)