Ewing Family of Tumors
Note: The health professional version of this summary was extensively revised in July 2007. The patient version of this summary will reflect these changes shortly.
What is the Ewing family of tumors?
If a patient has
The chance of recovery (
Stages of the Ewing family of tumors
Once one of the
Treatment Option Overview
How the Ewing family of tumors are treated
It is important for patients to be evaluated by several specialists as early as possible so that treatment may be coordinated effectively from the beginning. These specialists may include: a
There are treatments for all patients with one of the
Surgery(taking out the cancerin an operation) Radiation therapy(using high- dosex-rays to kill cancer cells) Chemotherapy(using drugsto kill cancer cells)
Surgery may be used in certain cases to try to remove the cancer and some of the tissue around it. Surgery may also be used to remove any
Radiation therapy uses x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken by pill, or it may be put into the body by a needle in a vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is called a
A supplement to the treatment options listed above is
Treatment for the Ewing family of tumors depends on where the cancer is located, how far the cancer has spread, the
A patient may receive treatment that is considered standard based on its effectiveness in a number of patients in past studies, or may choose to go into a
Localized Tumors of the Ewing Family
clinical trialof chemotherapyfollowed by radiation therapy Combination chemotherapyfollowed by surgerywith or without radiation therapy
A clinical trial of intensified chemotherapy
randomized trialof post- surgicalchemotherapy with or without stem cell transplant
Metastatic Tumors of the Ewing Family
Combination chemotherapyfollowed by radiation therapyand/or surgery High-dose chemotherapywith or without radiation therapy plus additional stem cellsupport
Recurrent Tumors of the Ewing Family
Treatment depends on where the
Changes to This Summary (08/06/2007)
Editorial changes were made to this summary to match those made to the health professional version. Extensive content revisions to match those made to the health professional version will follow shortly.
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