What is Bone cancer?
Primary bone cancer is a rare disease, with only around 2,500 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. Typically when someone with cancer is told they have cancer in the bones, the doctor is talking about a cancer that has spread to the bones from somewhere else. This is called metastatic cancer.
A primary bone tumor starts in the bone itself. Primary bone cancers are called sarcomas. Sarcomas are cancers that start in bone, muscle, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, fat tissue, as well as some other tissues. They can develop anywhere in the body.
Signs and symptoms of Bone cancer
Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer. However, the symptoms of bone cancer may vary depending on the location and size of the cancer. Tumors that occur in or near joints may cause swelling or tenderness in the affected area. It can also interfere with normal movements and can weaken the bones, occasionally leading to a fracture.
Symptoms could also include:
- Weight loss
None of these symptoms is a sure sign of bone cancer. They may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor to see if your symptoms are the result of bone cancer or a less serious condition.
Traditional treatment options for Bone cancer
There are various treatment options for bone cancer including surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue during an operation. If the tumor is in the arm or leg, amputation of the limb is sometimes recommended. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are often recommended.
Utopia Wellness’ Intensive Medical Program for Bone Cancer
Bone Cancer is a very stressful diagnosis and your Utopia Wellness team understands this. We work with you to design a customized holistic plan to ensure you have the most effective alternative treatments for your specific cancer.