Open Accessibility Menu

Bone Cancer

Bone cancer is a cancerous tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue. Not all bone tumors are cancerous. Noncancerous bone tumors are more common than malignant ones. Both types of bone tumors may grow and compress healthy bone tissue, but noncancerous tumors do not spread, or destroy bone tissue, and are rarely a threat to life.

Cancerous tumors that begin in bone tissue are called primary bone cancer. Cancer that spreads to the bones from other parts of the body, such as the breast, lung, or prostate is called metastatic cancer, and is named for the organ or tissue in which it began. Primary bone cancer is far less common than cancer that spreads to the bones. Common types of primary bone cancer are osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and The Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors.

Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bone that usually affects the large bones of the arm or leg. It occurs most commonly in young people and affects more males than females. Sarcoma is cancer of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue. The cause of bone cancer is not exactly known but factors that contribute to developing tumors are high-dose external radiation therapy, treatment with certain anticancer drugs, and heredity.

The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain, but not all bone cancers cause pain. Swelling can also be seen with bone cancer. To help diagnose bone cancer the doctor will ask your personal and family medical history. He or she will also perform a physical exam and order lab and diagnostic testing that may include x-rays, bone scan, CT scan, MRI , PET scan, and biopsy. A biopsy is used to remove a tissue sample from the bone tumor to determine if cancer is present. This tissue is then sent to a pathologist to determine if it is cancer or not. Treatment options depend on the type, size, location, and stage of the tumor, as well as age and person’s health. Once diagnosis is confirmed the doctor will go over treatment options with you. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and cryosurgery. A treatment plan that is best for you will then be decided upon by you and your physician.

Related Providers
What Our Patients Have to Say
  • "My wife (Gerie Helton) and I traveled to Cody for our anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park. On September 23, 2018 which would have been the first day of our trip she dislocated her left hip ( which had been replaced in 2009 0r 2010) while putting on her socks ( of all things.) We were staying at the Sunrise Motor Inn which fortunately was a short ambulance ride to your emergency room. The experience we had beginning with the EMT's who responded to the ambulance call, to the emergency room, and the next day on the second floor of your fine hospital is what ..."

    - Terry
  • "ER department went to great lengths to make this "out of towner" feel comfortable. Dr. Polley and Nurse Sarah were very professional and had a great bedside manner. It was my worst asthma attack and I felt very confident that I was getting top notch care."

    - Kelly
  • "Had to bring my daughter for a shoulder injury, on July 4th. I was thoroughly impressed. The staff was absolutely great, very friendly and compassionate. They took great care of my daughter and explained the diagnosis and discharge orders with great detail. I only wish our ER back home could be this professional. I know this is a smaller town and more tight knit, but this hospital/ER could set an example for the rest of the country. Thanks to the staff, physician and PA for the excellent care."

    - Chris
  • "I was a walk in patient on 5/29/18. I had been sick for several days while on a month long motorhome trip. The reception staff was friendly and efficient. I was seen quickly by the PA on duty, Robert Lang. He listened to me, did an exam, diagnosed my illness as acute bronchitis, and prescribed the necessary medication. I was feeling better in just a few days which enabled me to enjoy the remainder of my trip. I was sick and a long way from home so I really appreciated the excellent and friendly care that I received."

    - Bill