MaineHealth cancer specialists offer the experience and skill to care for adults and children facing a bone cancer diagnosis. Treatment is most often coordinated among a team of specialists that specialize in bone and other soft tissue tumors.
What is bone cancer?
Bone cancer is a cancerous tumor that destroys normal bone tissue. It is rare and accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancers. Most bone tumors are not cancerous.
Bone cancer risks and symptoms
Bone cancer is a very rare cancer and may result from an inherited condition. Bone cancer rarely is a consequence of radiation therapy, and even in a rarer circumstance from the abnormal healing of an injury. Pain or swelling in or near a bone is a primary symptom of bone cancer and other conditions. But sometimes there is no pain with bone cancer.
Bone cancer screening and treatment
Diagnostic tests for bone cancer include lab tests, biopsy, and imaging:
CT or CAT scan
Surgery is the usual treatment to remove the tumor from the affected bone. Surgery is often combined with other cancer therapies, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, to treat bone cancer.