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Learn about what Baptist Cancer Center offers you in terms of leading-edge bone cancer treatments.

Bone Cancer Explained

True bone cancers are sarcomas. Sarcomas can develop anywhere in the body in both soft tissue and bones. Osteosarcomas originate in the bone cells and are the most common bone cancers; they occur mostly in people who are 10 to 30 years old. Chondrosarcomas are the cancer of cartilage cells. They are rare in people under age 20 and are the second most common form of bone cancer.

Most cancers that affect bones are actually metastatic cancers that have spread to the skeletal system instead of originating there. These cancers will need to be treated based on their starting point and will not be treated as bone cancer. These include leukemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma.

Bone Cancer Treatment Options

The treatment of bone cancer will depend on the type and stage of the bone cancer as well as your lifestyle and treatment preferences. Bone cancer treatment plans may include surgeryradiation and chemotherapy.

The Different Types of Bone Cancer

Other types of bone cancers include:

  • Ewing tumors
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Giant cell tumor of bone
  • Chordoma

Learn the Symptoms and Causes

Recognizing the signs of bone cancer allows for timely intervention, potentially increasing the chances of successful treatment and improving your quality of life.

What are bone cancer causes and risk factors?

Environmental factors, such as exposure to radiation, can have an effect on a person developing bone cancer. Some genetic disorders are also considered bone cancer risk factors .

Genetic disorder risk factors include:

  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Rothmund-Thomson syndrome
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Paget disease

Common Signs and Symptoms

Bone pain is the most common sign of bone cancer, and as the tumor grows, the pain can become more persistent. Swelling, fractures and decreased mobility are also signs and symptoms of bone cancer.

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As a patient at Baptist Cancer Center, you will have access to a dedicated patient navigator who will act as your advocate and liaison between you and your health care teams. Our patient navigators are available at every step to schedule appointments, answer questions, explain the treatment process, and provide resources, education and support when you and your family need it.