Cancer Care

Bone Cancer

MaineHealth cancer specialists offer the experience and skill to care for adults and children facing a bone cancer diagnosis. Treatment is most often coordinated among a team of specialists that specialize in bone and other soft tissue tumors.

What is bone cancer?

Bone cancer is a cancerous tumor that destroys normal bone tissue. It is rare and accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancers. Most bone tumors are not cancerous.

What are bone cancer risks and symptoms?

Bone cancer is a very rare cancer and may result from an inherited condition. Bone cancer rarely is a consequence of radiation therapy, and even in a rarer circumstance from the abnormal healing of an injury.  Pain or swelling in or near a bone is a primary symptom of bone cancer and other conditions. But sometimes there is no pain with bone cancer.

What are the diagnostic tests for bone cancer?

  • X-rays

  • Bone scans

  • CT or CAT scan

  • MRI

  • PET

  • Biopsy

  • Blood test.

Patients May Have a Combination of Treatments

Surgery is the usual treatment to remove the tumor from the affected bone. Surgery is often combined with other cancer therapies, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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