Bone caner (Chondrosarcoma)

by Wesley N. and Alex S.

what is Bone cancer

Bone cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue. Not all bone tumors are malignant. In fact, benign (noncancerous) bone tumors are more common than malignant one
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  • Bone pain: Pain is the most common sign of bone cancer, and may become more noticeable as the tumor grows. Bone pain can cause a dull or deep ache in a bone or bone region (e.g., back, pelvis, legs, ribs, arms). Early on, the pain may only occur at night, or when you are active. As the cancer develops, though, the pain may become more persistent. Other conditions, like osteoporosis or arthritis, may also cause bone or joint pain.
  • Swelling: The area where the pain is localized may begin to show signs of swelling, or a lump or mass may be present.
  • Fractures: Cancerous cells can weaken the bone, and this may sometimes result in a fracture. The break may occur in an area of the bone that had previously been sore or painful for a period of time.
  • Decreased mobility: In some cases, if the location of the tumor is near a joint, it may make normal movements difficult or painful.
  • Other symptoms: Unintended weight loss and fatigue that accompanies bone pain may be a sign of bone cancer. Other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, may develop if the cancer has spread to other organs.

Some treatments are

  • An orthopedic surgeon: a doctor who uses surgery to treat bone and joint problems
  • An orthopedic oncologist: an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in treating cancer of the bones and joints
  • A radiation oncologist: a doctor who uses radiation to treat cance
  • A medical oncologist: a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer
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statistics are

  • About 3,300 new cases will be diagnosed
  • About 1,490 deaths from these cancers are expected.

Primary cancers of bones account for less than 0.2% of all cancers.