Bone cancer is generally an appearance of metastases from recurrent cancer that began in another part of the body. There are a few varieties of primary bone cancer, but the majority of cases are just a recurrence where the bone becomes the target of the metastases. Prostate and breast cancer will tend to spread to surrounding bones if they metastasize.
Primary bone cancer has received little in terms of research – because there have not been many cases in comparison to other cancers. Cancer that affects the tissue of the bones is different than any other type of cancer known today. Many primary bone cancers will result in benign tumors. This means that the cancer is not malignant and therefore will not prove fatal on its own. However, it is those that are malignant that prove quickly fatal when left untreated.
Bone cancer is generally known as Sarcoma cancer. They can occur on bones, as well as on surrounding muscles, ligaments, nerve tissue or fat tissue. There are many different types of bone cancer, each with a completely different prognosis. They include: Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s tumor, and Chordoma. Entering bone cancer in the search bar of any search engine will provide you with a range of information about each of the common types of bone cancer.
Treatment for bone cancer may include surgery in extreme cases of localized tumors. It will most likely also include both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As with any medical procedure, these treatments carry an entire host of pros and cons, and only your doctor can tell you what treatments are best for you.
Finding bone cancer early is the best way to guarantee successful treatment. If you have unexplained bone or joint pain, you should check with your doctor to rule out the presence of bone cancer.