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Bone Cancer - Know Its Symptoms!

Dr. Guru Prasad Mohanty 90% (79 ratings)
MD - Radiotherapy
Oncologist, Vadodara
Bone Cancer -  Know Its Symptoms!

We have more than 200 bones in our body and each of them is susceptible to bone cancer. However, long bones in the arms and legs are most susceptible to this condition. Bone cancer can be primary or secondary. Primary bone cancer involves uncontrolled and abnormal cell division within the bones while secondary bone cancer refers to cancer that originated somewhere else in the body and later spread to the bones. While children and adults are equally at risk for primary bone cancer, adults and elderly people are more susceptible to secondary bone cancer. If diagnosed early enough, bone cancer can be treated and even cured with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Hence it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms of bone cancer. Here’s what you should look out for.

  1. Pain in Bones: Pain is one the primary symptoms of bone cancer. As the tumour grows larger, this pain can become more intense. In its early stages, the pain may be experienced as a dull ache inside the bone or the affected part of the body. It may also increase or decrease according to your activity level or may be experienced only at night. However, not all bone pains signify ‘cancer’ as this is also a symptom associated with osteoporosis.
  2. SwellingIn some cases, the abnormal growth of bone cells can result in the formation of a lump of mass that may be felt through the skin. In other cases, the affected area may also show signs of swelling.
  3. Breaking of the Bone: Cancer can weaken the bones and make them more brittle. This may make the bones more susceptible to fractures. A bone breaking in an area that has been painful or sore for a long period of time may be a sign of cancer. This is known as a pathologic fracture.
  4. Reduced Flexibility: If the tumour is located near a joint, it may affect the range of movements possible and make simple actions uncomfortable. For example, a tumour around the knee may make walking and climbing stairs a painful exercise.

Other symptoms to look out for are sudden and drastic weight loss, tiredness, excessive sweating at night, fever and difficulty breathing in case cancer has spread to other organs. Since many of these symptoms are common to other medical disorders, you should conduct a doctor immediately if you notice any of them. A physical examination and a couple of tests along with a biopsy will be required to confirm a diagnosis of bone cancer.

Know More About Bone Cancer!

Dr. Atul Mishra 86% (16 ratings)
Fellowship In Joint Replacement, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Know More About Bone Cancer!

Cancer that originates in the bones of a human body is referred to as bone cancer. Any bone could come under the threat of this disease, but generally the longer bones of your body, so to say the bones of your limbs, are at a greater risk. 

A few factors that might push you an inch closer to bone cancer are:

  1. Genes could jinx your health: A few typical genetic syndromes could increase a person's chances of contracting bone cancer. These syndromes could have been active in any person belonging to your lineage. One such syndrome is Li-Fraumeni.
  2. Treatment for one kind of cancer can make you prone to some other kind: Radiation affects your bones adversely. A patient of breast cancer might be undergoing radiation therapy that further increases his or her risk of contracting bone cancer in future.  
  3. Paget's disease can have unfavorable implications: Paget's disease is a disease that affects elderly people. This condition, if left untreated, can turn into bone cancer at a later stage. 

Several symptoms of bone cancer can be found below:

  1. Sudden loss of weight: If you lose a considerable amount of weight in a few weeks time without having made any effort at all, you should probably be worried about the health of your bones. Bone cancer can result in sudden and unintentional weight loss
  2. Unexpected bone fracture or breakage: Cancer of the bones is known to gnaw at the strength of your bones. Weakened and diseased bones can break or get fractured very easily. An unexpected fracture should not be overlooked so as to prevent chances of anything more harmful.
  3. Long spans of unyielding exhaustion: Constant fatigue and sleepiness might be hinting at a more serious underlying problem. The bones in your body hold you together; cancerous bone cells can make you feel exhausted without much exertion as your bones lose their inherent potency.
  4. Persistent pain in the bones: Excruciating cramps or pangs of stinging pain in a person's bones either continuously or at odd hours, could be indicative of bone cancer. Such instances require the advice and guidance of an experienced oncologist.
  5. Bone swellingThe area affected by bone cancer can grow big and tender or the bone itself can swell up.

5 Symptoms Of Bone Cancer!

Dr. Sagar Kelkar 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Nashik
5 Symptoms Of Bone Cancer!

Cancer that originates in the bones of a human body is referred to as bone cancer. Any bone could come under the threat of this disease, but generally the longer bones of your body, so to say the bones of your limbs, are at a greater risk. 

A few factors that might push you an inch closer to bone cancer are:

  1. Genes could jinx your health: A few typical genetic syndromes could increase a person's chances of contracting bone cancer. These syndromes could have been active in any person belonging to your lineage. One such syndrome is Li-Fraumeni.
  2. Treatment for one kind of cancer can make you prone to some other kind: Radiation affects your bones adversely. A patient of breast cancer might be undergoing radiation therapy that further increases his or her risk of contracting bone cancer in future.  
  3. Paget's disease can have unfavorable implications: Paget's disease is a disease that affects elderly people. This condition, if left untreated, can turn into bone cancer at a later stage. 

Several symptoms of bone cancer can be found below:

  1. Sudden loss of weight: If you lose a considerable amount of weight in a few weeks time without having made any effort at all, you should probably be worried about the health of your bones. Bone cancer can result in sudden and unintentional weight loss
  2. Unexpected bone fracture or breakage: Cancer of the bones is known to gnaw at the strength of your bones. Weakened and diseased bones can break or get fractured very easily. An unexpected fracture should not be overlooked so as to prevent chances of anything more harmful.
  3. Long spans of unyielding exhaustion: Constant fatigue and sleepiness might be hinting at a more serious underlying problem. The bones in your body hold you together; cancerous bone cells can make you feel exhausted without much exertion as your bones lose their inherent potency.
  4. Persistent pain in the bones: Excruciating cramps or pangs of stinging pain in a person's bones either continuously or at odd hours, could be indicative of bone cancer. Such instances require the advice and guidance of an experienced oncologist.
  5. Bone swellingThe area affected by bone cancer can grow big and tender or the bone itself can swell up.

Reduction In Flexibility - Can It Be A Sign Of Bone Cancer?

Dr. Varun Goel 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine, DNB - Medical Oncology, MRCP - Medical Oncology, ECMO - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Delhi
Reduction In Flexibility - Can It Be A Sign Of Bone Cancer?

We have more than 200 bones in our body and each of them is susceptible to bone cancer. However, long bones in the arms and legs are most susceptible to this condition. Bone cancer can be primary or secondary. Primary bone cancer involves uncontrolled and abnormal cell division within the bones while secondary bone cancer refers to cancer that originated somewhere else in the body and later spread to the bones. While children and adults are equally at risk for primary bone cancer, adults and elderly people are more susceptible to secondary bone cancer. If diagnosed early enough, bone cancer can be treated and even cured with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Hence it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms of bone cancer. Here’s what you should look out for.

  1. Pain in Bones: Pain is one the primary symptoms of bone cancer. As the tumour grows larger, this pain can become more intense. In its early stages, the pain may be experienced as a dull ache inside the bone or the affected part of the body. It may also increase or decrease according to your activity level or may be experienced only at night. However, not all bone pains signify ‘cancer’ as this is also a symptom associated with osteoporosis.
  2. SwellingIn some cases, the abnormal growth of bone cells can result in the formation of a lump of mass that may be felt through the skin. In other cases, the affected area may also show signs of swelling.
  3. Breaking of the Bone: Cancer can weaken the bones and make them more brittle. This may make the bones more susceptible to fractures. A bone breaking in an area that has been painful or sore for a long period of time may be a sign of cancer. This is known as a pathologic fracture.
  4. Reduced Flexibility: If the tumour is located near a joint, it may affect the range of movements possible and make simple actions uncomfortable. For example, a tumour around the knee may make walking and climbing stairs a painful exercise.

Other symptoms to look out for are sudden and drastic weight loss, tiredness, excessive sweating at night, fever and difficulty breathing in case cancer has spread to other organs. Since many of these symptoms are common to other medical disorders, you should conduct a doctor immediately if you notice any of them. A physical examination and a couple of tests along with a biopsy will be required to confirm a diagnosis of bone cancer.

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Bone Cancer - What Pushes You Closer To It?

Dr. Manu Mengi 88% (17 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - Orthopedics, Fellowship In Joint Replacement
Orthopedist, Mohali
Bone Cancer - What Pushes You Closer To It?

Cancer that originates in the bones of a human body is referred to as bone cancer. Any bone could come under the threat of this disease, but generally the longer bones of your body, so to say the bones of your limbs, are at a greater risk. 

A few factors that might push you an inch closer to bone cancer are:

  1. Genes could jinx your health: A few typical genetic syndromes could increase a person's chances of contracting bone cancer. These syndromes could have been active in any person belonging to your lineage. One such syndrome is Li-Fraumeni.
  2. Treatment for one kind of cancer can make you prone to some other kind: Radiation affects your bones adversely. A patient of breast cancer might be undergoing radiation therapy that further increases his or her risk of contracting bone cancer in future.  
  3. Paget's disease can have unfavorable implications: Paget's disease is a disease that affects elderly people. This condition, if left untreated, can turn into bone cancer at a later stage. 

Several symptoms of bone cancer can be found below:

  1. Sudden loss of weight: If you lose a considerable amount of weight in a few weeks time without having made any effort at all, you should probably be worried about the health of your bones. Bone cancer can result in sudden and unintentional weight loss
  2. Unexpected bone fracture or breakage: Cancer of the bones is known to gnaw at the strength of your bones. Weakened and diseased bones can break or get fractured very easily. An unexpected fracture should not be overlooked so as to prevent chances of anything more harmful.
  3. Long spans of unyielding exhaustion: Constant fatigue and sleepiness might be hinting at a more serious underlying problem. The bones in your body hold you together; cancerous bone cells can make you feel exhausted without much exertion as your bones lose their inherent potency.
  4. Persistent pain in the bones: Excruciating cramps or pangs of stinging pain in a person's bones either continuously or at odd hours, could be indicative of bone cancer. Such instances require the advice and guidance of an experienced oncologist.
  5. Bone swellingThe area affected by bone cancer can grow big and tender or the bone itself can swell up.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2483 people found this helpful

Bone Cancer - Signs You Should Never Ignore!

Dr. Anand Narayan 89% (85 ratings)
MD - Oncology
Oncologist, Coimbatore
Bone Cancer - Signs You Should Never Ignore!

We have more than 200 bones in our body and each of them is susceptible to bone cancer. However, long bones in the arms and legs are most susceptible to this condition. Bone cancer can be primary or secondary. Primary bone cancer involves uncontrolled and abnormal cell division within the bones while secondary bone cancer refers to cancer that originated somewhere else in the body and later spread to the bones. While children and adults are equally at risk for primary bone cancer, adults and elderly people are more susceptible to secondary bone cancer. If diagnosed early enough, bone cancer can be treated and even cured with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Hence it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms of bone cancer. Here’s what you should look out for.

  1. Pain in Bones: Pain is one the primary symptoms of bone cancer. As the tumour grows larger, this pain can become more intense. In its early stages, the pain may be experienced as a dull ache inside the bone or the affected part of the body. It may also increase or decrease according to your activity level or may be experienced only at night. However, not all bone pains signify ‘cancer’ as this is also a symptom associated with osteoporosis.
  2. SwellingIn some cases, the abnormal growth of bone cells can result in the formation of a lump of mass that may be felt through the skin. In other cases, the affected area may also show signs of swelling.
  3. Breaking of the Bone: Cancer can weaken the bones and make them more brittle. This may make the bones more susceptible to fractures. A bone breaking in an area that has been painful or sore for a long period of time may be a sign of cancer. This is known as a pathologic fracture.
  4. Reduced Flexibility: If the tumour is located near a joint, it may affect the range of movements possible and make simple actions uncomfortable. For example, a tumour around the knee may make walking and climbing stairs a painful exercise.

Other symptoms to look out for are sudden and drastic weight loss, tiredness, excessive sweating at night, fever and difficulty breathing in case cancer has spread to other organs. Since many of these symptoms are common to other medical disorders, you should conduct a doctor immediately if you notice any of them. A physical examination and a couple of tests along with a biopsy will be required to confirm a diagnosis of bone cancer.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2135 people found this helpful

Prostate Cancer - What Is Bone Directed Therapy?

Dr. Mukul Gharote 90% (35 ratings)
MBBS, DM - Oncology, MD - General Medicine
Oncologist, Nashik
Prostate Cancer - What Is Bone Directed Therapy?

If prostate cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it targets and goes to the bones first. And, if the cancer has spread outside the prostate, preventing or slowing its spread to the bones is a major goal of treatment.
If the cancer has already spread to the bones, relieving pain and other complications is also a very important part of the cancer treatment. There are a number of ways and means to prevent and treat prostate cancer’s spread to bones.

Understanding them in detail

Bone metastasis or spread of cancer to the bone is an extremely painful condition. This can also cause fractures or potentially fatal conditions like high blood calcium levels. Bone-targeted treatments such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and vaccines are used but so are a slew of other treatments more specifically targeting bone metastasis and its side effects. These are:

1. Bisphosphonates: Bisphosphonates are drugs that work by slowing down the reproduction of bone cells or osteoclasts. These cells work by breaking down the hard mineral structure of bones to keep them healthy. These bone cells often become overactive when prostate cancer spreads to the bones.

Bisphosphonates can also be used:

  • To help control and relieve bone pain
  • To control the high calcium levels caused by prostate cancer metastasizing to bones
  • To help slow the growth of cancer
  • To help delay or prevent fractures
  • To help strengthen bones in men on hormone therapy

Zoledronic acid or Zometa is the most commonly used bisphosphonate for prostate cancer. This is given as an intravenous (IV) injection, usually once every 3 or 4 weeks. The patients on this drug are also advised to take supplements containing calcium and vitamin D to prevent low blood calcium levels. Side effects include flu-like symptoms and bone or joint pain as well as kidney problems and sometimes osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). In ONJ, part of the jaw bone loses its blood supply and dies, leading to tooth loss and infections of the jaw bone.

2. DenosumabThis is another drug that can help when prostate cancer spreads to bones. Like the bisphosphonates, denosumab also works by blocking osteoclasts. This drug is used:

  • To help prevent or delay fractures
  • To help slow the spread of cancer to the bones despite hormone therapy
  • This drug is injected intravenously every 4 weeks.
  • Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue.

3. Corticosteroids: These lower bone pain in some men in whom cancer has spread to the bones.
4. External radiation therapyThis helps if the pain is limited to one or only a few areas of bone. Radiation can also be aimed at tumors on the spine and other parts of the body.
5. Radiopharmaceuticals: These are drugs that contain radioactive elements and these are injected into a vein and go and settle in areas of damaged bones, where they give off radiation that kills cancer cells. The major side effects of these drugs is a decrease in blood cell counts which makes the body of the patient more prone to infections and bleeding.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Bone Cancer In Hindi - बोन कैंसर के लक्षण

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Bone Cancer In Hindi - बोन कैंसर के लक्षण

हड्डी का कैंसर, हड्डी की एक घातक ट्यूमर का वर्णन करता है जो स्वस्थ हड्डियों के ऊतकों को नष्ट कर देता है. सभी हड्डी की ट्यूमर कैंसर रहित नहीं होते हैं. गैर-घातक ट्यूमर, इनमे सबसे आम प्रकार है. हड्डी का कैंसर दो वर्गों में विभाजित है: प्राथमिक और माध्यमिक हड्डियों के कैंसर. प्राथमिक हड्डी का कैंसर हड्डी की कोशिकाओं में शुरू होता है. और माध्यमिक हड्डी का कैंसर कहीं से भी शुरू हो सकता है और फिर सारे हड्डियों में फैल जाता है. प्राथमिक हड्डी का ट्यूमर हड्डी में ही शुरू होता है. प्राथमिक अस्थि के कैंसर को सारकोमा कहा जाता है. सोरकोमा कैंसर वो होते हैं जो हड्डी, मांसपेशी, रेशेदार ऊतक, रक्त वाहिकाओं, वसा ऊतकों, साथ ही कुछ अन्य ऊतकों में शुरू होते हैं. यह शरीर में कहीं भी विकसित हो सकते हैं. अधिकांश हड्डी के कैंसर को सारकोमा कहा जाता है.
 

कैसे पता लगाया जाता है?
ज्यादातर समय जब किसी व्यक्ति को कैंसर होता है तो उससे कहा जाता है कि उनके हड्डियों में कैंसर है, लेकिन जब डॉक्टर ऐसे कैंसर के बारे में बात करते है, जो कहीं और से शुरू होके आपके हड्डियों में फैलता है, जिसे माध्यमिक कैंसर या मेटास्टाटिक कैंसर कहा जाता है. यह कई विभिन्न प्रकार के उन्नत कैंसर में देखा जा सकता है, जैसे स्तन कैंसर, प्रोस्टेट कैंसर, और फेफड़ो के कैंसर. जब हड्डी के ये कैंसर माइक्रोस्कोप के नीचे देखे जाते हैं, तो वे उन ऊतकों की तरह लगते हैं जिस अंग से वो आए थे. उदाहरण के लिए, यदि किसी व्यक्ति को फेफड़ो का कैंसर है जो हड्डी में फैल गया है, तो हड्डी में कैंसर की कोशिकाएं तभी फेफड़ो के कैंसर की कोशिकाएं की तरह ही दिखती और काम करती हैं. और ना ही वो हड्डियों के कैंसर कोशिकाओं की तरह दिखती और काम करती हैं जबकि वो आपके हड्डियों में ही क्यों न हो. हालाँकि ऐसे कैंसर कोशिकाएं तभी लंग कैंसर कोशिकाओं की तरह काम करती हैं. इसलिए इसके उपचार में भी लंग कैंसर के ही दवाइयों की सुझाव दी जाती हैं. इनके लक्षण अक्सर कैंसर के अलावा अन्य स्थितियों की वजह से शुरू होता है, जैसे चोट या फिर गठिया, अगर ऐसी कोई समस्या बिना कारण लंबे समय तक चले, तो आपको अपने चिकित्सक को देखना चाहिए.
1. दर्द: प्रभावित हड्डी में दर्द की शिकायत बोन कैंसर के रोगियों में आम होते हैं. सबसे पहले दर्द नियंत्रण में नहीं होता है. यह रात के समय या जब हड्डी का उपयोग किया जाता है (उदाहरण के लिए, पैदल चलने पर पैर की गड़बड़ी) तो स्थिति और खराब हो सकती है. जैसे जैसे कैंसर बढ़ता है तो दर्द हर समय होगा. गतिविधि के साथ दर्द बढ़ता है और किसी व्यक्ति का पैर इसमें शामिल हो तो वो लंगड़ा भी हो सकता है.
2. सूजन: दर्द के क्षेत्र में सूजन एक सप्ताह के बाद नहीं हो सकती, ऐसा संभव है की जिस क्षेत्र में आपको दर्द हो रहा है वहां आपको गांठ या द्रव्यमान महसूस होने की संभावना हो जो ट्यूमर हो सकता है. .
3. भंग: हड्डी का कैंसर उस हड्डी को कमजोर बना सकता है जिसमें वह विकसित होता है, लेकिन ज्यादातर हड्डियों में फ्रैक्चर नहीं होते हैं. हड्डी के कैंसर या फ्रैक्चर वाले लोग आमतौर पर उनके एक अंग में अचानक गंभीर दर्द का वर्णन करते हैं जो कुछ महीनों तक पीड़ादायक हो सकता है.
4. सुन्न होना: रीढ़ की हड्डियों में कैंसर तंत्रिकाओं को दबा सकता है, जिससे सुन्नता और झुनझुनी या कमजोरी भी हो सकती है.
5. अन्य लक्षण: कैंसर वजन घटाने और थकान को पैदा कर सकता है. यदि कैंसर आंतरिक अंगों में फैलता है तो यह अन्य लक्षण भी पैदा कर सकता है. उदाहरण के लिए, यदि कैंसर फेफड़ों में फैलता है, तो आपको श्वास लेने में परेशानी हो सकती है.

Prostate Cancer - How Bone Directed Therapy Can Help?

M.Ch, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA, Baroda Medical College, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute
Oncologist, Ahmedabad
Prostate Cancer - How Bone Directed Therapy Can Help?

Prostate cancer is a condition triggered by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth and division of some cells of the prostate gland. Today, incidences of prostate cancer are alarmingly rising in India. In fact, some reports suggest that the cases of prostate cancer are likely to double by the year 2020, all the more reasons to manage and control the condition on time.

Like the other forms of cancer, prostate cancer can also metastasize and affect the other vital organs of the body (Secondary Cancer). One of the body parts where the prostate cancer is most likely to metastasize first are the bones. As per the American Cancer Society, bone metastasis can give rise to a host of complications and discomfort including Hypercalcemia (elevated levels of blood calcium levels). There will also be severe bone damage with frequent bone fractures which can be quite painful. Thus, it is essential that the spread of prostate cancer is somehow controlled or slowed down. In this regard, the Bone Directed therapy deserves a special mention.

The Osteoclasts are cells in the bone that plays a pivotal role in bone reabsorption, ensuring that the bones stay healthy and disease free. The metastasis of the prostate cancer to bones results in the osteoclasts becoming over-reactive. This, in turn, can result in a myriad of problems affecting the bones. The Prostate Bone Directed Therapy involves the use of drugs and medications that will help to regulate and slow down the over-reactive osteoclast cells. For this purpose, the drug that is commonly used is Zometa or Zoledronic acid, which is a type of Bisphosphonate.


The use of this drug can go a long way to ensure that the bones remain healthy by

  • Lowering the level of the calcium in the blood.
  • It also contributes significantly preventing the bone loss, bone thinning, and bone metastasis.
  • As per various scientific studies, the use of Bisphosphonates can work wonders to slow down or arrest the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bones.


However, if the prostate cancer had already metastasized the bone, the use of the drug Prolia (intravenous injections are often used) may provide fruitful results. The dosage of the drug may vary among individuals depending on the extent of the damage.

  • Prolia is known to play an instrumental role in reducing the incidences of bone breaks and hypercalcemia.
  • In people with a relatively higher level of Prostate-specific antigen or PSA ( a protein produced by the prostate gland cells which can be indicative of prostate cancer), the drug Prolia can help to arrest the growth of the malignant cells.

However, the drug comes with its share of side effects which may range from a sharp dip in the calcium level to allergic reactions, backaches, or even jaw bone complications.
Thus, the drug should be used with great care and under strict medical supervision.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Bone Tumor - How It Can Be Diagnosed?

Dr. Prathmesh Jain 85% (68 ratings)
M.S. Orthopedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Ahmedabad
Bone Tumor - How It Can Be Diagnosed?

When cells divide abnormally and uncontrollably, they can form a mass or lump of tissue. This lump is called a tumor. Bone tumors form in your bones. As the tumor grows, abnormal tissue can displace healthy tissue.

Some tumors are benign, meaning they aren’t cancerous. While benign bone tumors won’t spread to other parts of the body and are unlikely to be fatal, they can still be dangerous and may require treatment. Benign tumors can grow and could compress your healthy bone tissue. Other tumors are malignant, meaning they’re cancerous. Malignant bone tumors can cause cancer to spread throughout the body.

Causes of bone tumor:

The cause of bone tumors is unknown. They often occur in areas of the bone that grow rapidly. Possible causes include:

  1. Genetic defects passed down through families
  2. Radiation
  3. Injury
  4. In most cases, no specific cause is found.

Symptoms of bone tumor:

Symptoms of bone tumor may include any of the following:

  1. Bone fracture, especially fracture from slight injury (trauma)
  2. Bone pain, may be worse at night
  3. Occasionally a mass and swelling can be felt at the tumor site
  4. Some benign tumors have no symptoms.

Diagnosing a bone tumor:

There are some common conditions like fractures, infections and other conditions that may resemble tumors. But, to be sure some physical examination to be performed which will check the tenderness in the bone and also the range of motion. Blood or Urine test may be performed to detect different proteins that may indicate the presence of tumor. Doctor may go with X-rays and depending on the X-ray results other imaging tests might be necessary i.e. CT scan, MRI PET scan. In some cases biopsy is also performed. In this test. a sample of the tissue that makes up the tumor is removed.

Treating bone tumor:

Bone cancer is generally treated with Surgery in which the entire tumor is removed. The surgeon carefully examines the margins of your tumor to make sure no cancer cells are left. Surgical techniques have improved greatly. Other ways to treat is radiation therapy which is used in conjunction with surgery. Still if the doctor feels that cancer cells are likely to spread or already spread then Chemotherapy is recommended.

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