What is Ewing Sarcoma?
Ewing Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that attacks patients’ bones or the tissue around bones. It often begins in the soft tissue around the knee, although it can appear in any bone.
Ewing Sarcoma is most common among teenagers and people in their early 20s. It’s typical for people to see their doctor multiple times before they get a diagnosis, because the main symptom is usually ‘pain’. For somebody young who plays sport or leads an active life, it’s normal to attribute the pain to exercise.
Many patients are diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma after months and sometimes even over a year of symptoms. Unfortunately, 25% of patients are diagnosed after the cancer has spread, which means it’s often harder to treat.
And for many young patients who have been treated for Ewing Sarcoma, the cancer can often come back. It’s just as hard to diagnose the second time – but a gift from you could change that.
Why do Ewing Sarcoma patients need your help?
A donation from you could help to develop a blood test for the ‘combination gene’. This gene is a fusion between 2 genes caused by Ewing Sarcoma, where 2 chromosomes are stuck together in an abnormal way, producing a protein that drives tumour growth.
With your support, our scientists want to create a new blood test to spot this gene in patients with Ewing Sarcoma. This means our doctors can monitor patients receiving follow up for Ewing Sarcoma and discover recurrence quicker. Patients can then receive treatment much sooner – and they can get personalised treatment too.
Your support now could mean more young patients with Ewing Sarcoma could benefit from a blood test that you helped us develop. Give today using the form below.