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Prognosis

Between 70% and 90% of osteosarcomas in the limbs can be treated with limb-sparing surgery and chemotherapy; amputation is not necessary. If osteosarcoma affects only one limb, up to three-quarters of patients live long lives. However, fewer than half of patients survive long-term if cancer has spread to the lungs.

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