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What is the treatment for bone cancer?

There are many different methods available for your doctor to treat bone cancer. The best treatment is based on the type of bone cancer, the location of the cancer, how aggressive the cancer is, and whether or not the cancer has invaded surrounding or distant tissues (metastasized). There are three main types of treatment for bone cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. These can be used either individually or combined with each other.

Surgery is often used to treat bone cancer. The goal of surgery is usually to remove the entire tumor and a surrounding area of normal bone. After the tumor has been removed, a pathologist examines it to determine if there is normal bone completely surrounding the tumor. If a portion of the cancer is left behind, it can continue to grow and spread, requiring further treatment. If the tumor specimen has normal cells completely surrounding it, there is a much better chance that the entire tumor has been removed and less chance for recurrence. Historically, amputations were frequently used to remove bone cancer. Newer techniques have decreased the need for amputation. In many cases, the tumor can be removed with a rim of normal bone without the need for an amputation. Depending on the amount of bone removed, the surgeon will replace something in its location. For smaller areas, this may be either bone cement or a bone graft from another place in your body or from the bone bank. For larger areas, the surgeon may place larger grafts from the bone bank or metal implants. Some of these metal implants have the ability to lengthen when used in growing children.

You may be referred to a medical oncologist for chemotherapy. This is the use of various medications used to try to stop the growth of the cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be used prior to surgery to try to shrink the bone tumor to make surgery easier. It can also be used after surgery to try to kill any remaining cancer cells left following surgery.

You could also be referred to a radiation oncologist for radiation therapy. The radiation therapy uses high-energy X-ray aimed at the site of the cancer to try to kill the cancer cells. This treatment is given in small doses daily over a period of days to months. As with chemotherapy, radiation therapy can be used either before or after a potential surgery, depending on the specific type of cancer.

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Comment from: Vanessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I found out June, 09 that I had osteosarcoma. I started chemo a few weeks later. I am a 33 year old female which makes this very rare. Mine was a high rate cancer. There have been many times when I wanted to give up. Family and friends mean well but unless I've ever been to hell and back u really can't understand what it's like. Even the doctors can't understand what you are going through. I've had the bone in my leg from about 6 inches above my knee to right above my ankle and my complete knee replaced with mostly metal, this was done Nov. 21. Today is Jan 19th, and I just took my 1st steps (with the brace). Still have some more chemo and waiting for my hair to grow back, but today I'm cancer free and I still have both legs. I will never b able to run again, but I'll be able to watch my children grow. So please if you have cancer don't ever give up the fight. You can win the battle no matter how hard it is or how depressed you get.

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Comment from: jess, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

My mother who is 45 this year was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 in October 2008 when the doctor found a lump in her ribcage and had it removed. She then had chemotherapy for a while before considering alternative treatments; one which she took for two months was ozone treatment. The treatment involved clearing the toxic elements from the blood and then pumping pure oxygen into the blood. The treatment helped her regain strength, improve digestive system and also appetite. We were happy to see her having meals. However not long after she began coughing and experiencing breathing issues, which then the doctor confirmed liquid formed in both her lungs. She then had some removed, the water keeps reforming but till today we don't know if the ozone treatment somehow contributed to it. She then continued with chemo and also has a huge tumor in her breast but doctor still finds her unfit for a surgery. We recently discovered that her terrible leg pain is just more than pain. we are hoping that the doctor will be able to treat that effectively and then hopefully she will be fit for the surgery as its hard watching her going through so much pain and unable to do anything to help her at all. It's hard to tell her each time don't give up, you are going to be better when she's crying in pain. To other patients with loss of appetite, would kindly like to suggest you to dine with family and friends in different locations and different type of food compared to what you usually have. Maybe some Chinese style stews or soup, notorious but different. It helps when everyone around you eats with you.

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