Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer Bone Overview

Another name for Cancer Bone is Bone Cancer.

What is bone cancer?
A person with bone cancer has a collection of abnormal cells in the bone that multiply out of control. These cancer cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Primary bone cancer arises directly from the bone cells. Primary bone cancer is quite rare, representing less than 1% of all bone cancers. In most cases, bone cancer has spread to bone from another organ that is cancerous. Some leading examples include prostate cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer.

What are the symptoms of bone cancer?
Common symptoms of bone cancer include back pain, bone pain, bone swelling, joint pain, knee pain, leg pain, hip pain, or limping.

How does the doctor treat bone cancer?
Treatment of bone cancer depends on the type of cancer. Options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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