Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer of the Bone Treatment

Treatment for bone cancer depends on the type of cancer and if the cancer is primary or secondary. Primary bone cancer arises from the bone itself, whereas secondary bone cancer spreads from another organ to the bone. Treatment for secondary bone cancer depends on the type of cancer that has spread to the bone. Common cancers that spread to the bone include lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Treatment for primary bone cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy drugs kill rapidly growing cancer cells, while radiation therapy uses x-ray beams to destroy cancer cells. A course of radiation therapy and chemotherapy may require weeks or months.

Treatment for bone cancer may include:

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Cancer of the Bone Bone Marrow Transplant

During bone marrow transplantation, a sample of bone marrow cells are taken from the patient's body, and the cells are saved. Then, the patient is treated with high-dose of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy is very effective at killing the cancer cells, but the chemotherapy also destroys the bone marrow. After chemotherapy, the saved bone marrow cells are returned to the bone marrow, in order to restore normal bone marrow function.

Bone marrow transplant complications:

Cancer of the Bone Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of bone cancer.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cancer of the Bone Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat bone cancer:

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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