Understanding Primary Bone Tumor

Cancer comes in different forms, whether you have it out of neglect or it is naturally grown.  No matter cause, you need to be informed about bone cursor, more popularly team as bone tumor.

There are two kinds of bone tumor:
The first one (called primary bone cancer) involves healthy tissues being replaced with abnormal cells, thus weakening the bone and causing it to break. 

The other, much rarer form of bone tumor (called secondary bone cancer) is a metastatic variety, wherein the infection can spread from one organ to another.

There are 4 forms of primary bone cancer

The multiple myeloma is the most common form, a malignant tumor found in the bone marrow affecting approximately 20 people in every million each year. 

Osteosarcoma, which affects the area around the knee as well as the hips and shoulders, occurs in two or three people in every million each year. 

Other forms of primary bone cancer are Ewing’s sarcoma and chondrosarcoma. 

Meanwhile, there are also different types of malignant bone cancer, such as simple bone cyst, osteochondroma, enchondroma, and fibrous dysplasia.

What are the symptoms of bone cancer?

Most patients with bone tumor experience dull and achy pain in the area of the tumor, which may or may not get worse with physical activity.  The pain can be powerful enough to awaken the patient at night. 

Some forms of bone tumors cause the affected bone to weaken its structure, becoming vulnerable to fracture.

How is primary bone cancer diagnosed?

Bone tumors are usually discovered unintentionally by physicians through X-rays as their patients would complain of a sprained ankle or rotator cuff problem. 

Once diagnosed, further tests are being done to the patients, such as taking a complete medical history in order to know whether the patient’s family has had cases of bone tumor, magnetic resonance imaging, and even biopsy.

How primary bone cancer is treated?

Most cases of benign tumors just need to be monitored and can be treated medically with medication.  Some benign tumors even disappear over time, especially those occurring among children.

In case of a malignant bone tumor, the doctor may recommend removing the tumor or applying other treatments in order to reduce the risk of fracture and disability. 

However, some tumors may come back, even repeatedly, after appropriate treatment.