Bone Cancer

Below you will find more information about Bone Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Bone Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Bone Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Bone Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Bone Cancer is cancer originating in the bone and believed to be one of the rare types of cancer due to few reported incidence. There are different forms of bone cancer namely: osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and Ewing's sarcoma. Chondrosarcoma arise in the cartilage. Osteosarcoma occurs in growing bone tissue and Ewing's sarcoma starts in immature tissue of the bone marrow; occurring mostly in children and young individuals.

Diagnosis

Imaging tests including X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, and MRI can help the doctor to assess the condition. Bone scan to provide image of the inside of the bone

Treatment

Surgery is the most common treatment option for bone cancer. Chemotherapy makes use of medication to destroy rapidly spreading cancer cells, prolong life by controlling growth and spreading of cancer cells, relieve symptoms in the hope to improve quality of life. Radiotherapy is the use of high energy beams to shrink the size of cancerous tumors.

Symptoms and Signs

Pain in the long bones either on the arms or legs. Weakened bones that oftentimes lead to fracture. Joint inflammation for tumors located near joints or actually in the specific joint. Fatigue, fever, anemia, and unexplainable weight loss are common symptoms of the condition.

Causes

Generally, there is no known cause for most primary bone cancers, but there are few cases where hereditary component is linked to the development of the cancer. There are also cases associating excessive exposure to radiation therapy as a risk factor in developing bone cancer.

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