Osteogenic Sarcoma and Receiving Social Security Disability
Cancer is a large group of diseases. It is not one single disease. These diseases are marked by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body).
There are many different types of cancer. They are usually named by where they originate in your body. For example, liver cancer begins in your liver. Stomach cancer starts in your stomach. Even though cancer may metastasize (spread) to other areas of your body, it is still called by where it originated.
Cancer is also designated by the type of cell that the tumor looks like. Some examples of this are germ cell tumor, lymphoma, blastic tumor, carcinoma and sarcoma.
Bone cancer starts in your bones. Your body contains 206 bones. Your bones provide shape and structure to your body.
Your bones have three major tasks. They help contain bone marrow that makes and stores new blood cells, help protect your fragile organs and control your bodys collection of various nutrients and proteins.
Osteogenic sarcoma is a form of bone cancer that usually develops from osteoblasts. These are the cells that produce growing bone. Osteogenic sarcoma usually affects teenagers who are having a growth spurt. Boys are affected more than girls.
Osteogenic sarcoma is the most common kind of bone cancer. It is the sixth most common cancer in children, but it can develop in anyone at any age.
Sometimes, the first sign or symptom of osteogenic sarcoma is a broken arm or leg. This comes as a result of the cancer weakening a bone and making it susceptible to a break (fracture).
The signs and symptoms of osteogenic sarcoma that occur most often are pain and swelling in your arm or leg. This usually takes place in the longer bones of your body, such as in your upper arm close to your shoulder or above or beneath your knee. Other possible signs and symptoms include:
? Tenderness or redness at the site of the tumor
? Walking with a limp if the affected area is your leg
? Swelling or a lump that develops in the affected area
? Pain when you lift anything if the affected area is in your arm
? Pain that gets worse during exercise or at night
? Pain that wakes you up in the night or while you are at rest.
You or a loved one may be afflicted with osteogenic sarcoma. Osteogenic sarcoma and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other illnesses that you have besides this disease may have resulted in you or your loved ones disability and not being able to work.
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