TN 7 (08-12)

DI 23022.120 Osteosarcoma

COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCE INFORMATION

OSTEOSARCOMA

ALTERNATE NAMES

Osteogenic Sarcoma; Chondroblastic Osteocarcoma; Multifocal Osteosarcoma; Metastatic Osteosarcoma; Fibroblastic Osteosarcoma; Central Osteosarcoma; Conventional Central Osteosarcoma; Classical Osteosarcoma; Osteoblastic Sarcoma; Central Osteogenic Sarcoma; Sclerosing Osteosarcoma

DESCRIPTION

Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in children and adolescents, with peak onset in the second decade. It tends to occur in the long bones (particularly distal femur, proximal tibia, and proximal humerus), but can occur in any bone. The lungs are the most common site of metastasis. Kidneys, adrenal gland, brain, and heart can also be sites of metastasis.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, PHYSICAL FINDINGS, AND ICD-9-CM CODING

Diagnostic testing: Diagnostic testing for osteosarcoma includes surgical biopsy, X-rays, CT scan, MRI scan, and radionuclide bone scans.

Physical findings: Clinical findings may include swelling or pain at site of tumor or with activity, limping (if tumor is in leg), limitation of motion of the affected area, and pathologic fractures.

ICD 9: 170

ONSET AND PROGRESSION

The prognosis of osteosarcoma depends on age at presentation, the extent of the disease (size and location of tumor, presence or absence of metastasis), and the response to therapy. Long-term survival rates are better if the cancer has not spread to the lungs (pulmonary metastasis). If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, prognosis is better and there is still a chance of cure with effective treatment.

TREATMENT

Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, bone grafting, limb-amputation, and limb-saving (salvage) surgery.

SUGGESTED PROGRAMMATIC ASSESSMENT*

Suggested MER for evaluation: The adjudicator needs medical evidence from treating sources and hospitals. It should include clinical examination, imaging tests, biopsies, pathology reports, surgical procedures, pertinent treatment records, and up-to-date progress notes.

Suggested Listings for Evaluation:

DETERMINATION

LISTING

REMARKS

Meets Listing

13.11

13.11C

13.11D


113.03A or

113.03B

Osteosarcoma that is inoperable or unresectable meets listing 13.11.

Osteosarcoma that has distant metastases meets listing 13.11C.

Osteosarcoma in adults treated with multimodal therapy meets 13.11D without regard to effectiveness of treatment.

Pediatric osteosarcoma meets 113.03 (solid tumors); only a pathology report is needed.

Medical Equals

  

* Adjudicators may, at their discretion, use the Medical Evidence of Record or Listings suggested to evaluate the claim. However, the decision to allow or deny the claim rests with the adjudicator.


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DI 23022.120 - Osteosarcoma - 08/10/2012
Batch run: 08/10/2012
Rev:08/10/2012