Learn About Bone Tumor

What is the definition of Bone Tumor?

A bone tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within a bone. A bone tumor may be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).

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What are the alternative names for Bone Tumor?

Tumor - bone; Bone cancer; Primary bone tumor; Secondary bone tumor; Bone tumor - benign

What are the causes of Bone Tumor?

The cause of bone tumors is unknown. They often occur in areas of the bone that grow rapidly. Possible causes include:

  • Genetic defects passed down through families
  • Radiation
  • Injury

In most cases, no specific cause is found.

Osteochondromas are the most common noncancerous (benign) bone tumors. They occur most often in young people between the ages of 10 and 20.

Cancers that start in the bones are called primary bone tumors. Bone cancers that start in another part of the body (such as the breast, lungs, or colon) are called secondary or metastatic bone tumors. They behave very differently from primary bone tumors.

Cancerous primary bone tumors include:

  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Osteosarcomas

Cancers that most often spread to the bone are cancers of the:

  • Breast
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Prostate
  • Thyroid

These forms of cancer usually affect older people.

Bone cancer is more common in people who have a family history of cancers.

What are the symptoms of Bone Tumor?

Symptoms of bone tumor may include any of the following:

  • Bone fracture, especially from slight injury (trauma)
  • Bone pain, may be worse at night
  • Occasionally a mass and swelling can be felt at the tumor site

Some benign tumors have no symptoms.

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What are the current treatments for Bone Tumor?

Some benign bone tumors go away on their own and do not need treatment. Your provider will closely monitor you. You will likely need regular imaging tests, such as x-rays, to see if the tumor shrinks or grows.

Surgery may be needed to remove the tumor in some cases.

Treatment for cancerous bone tumors that have spread from other parts of the body depends on where the cancer started. Radiation therapy may be given to prevent fractures or to relieve pain. Chemotherapy may be used to prevent fractures or the need for surgery or radiation.

Tumors that start in the bone are rare. After biopsy, a combination of chemotherapy and surgery is usually necessary. Radiation therapy may be needed before or after surgery.

Who are the top Bone Tumor Local Doctors?
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Neurosurgery

Mskcc Surgery Group

1275 York Ave 
New York, NY 10021

Mark Bilsky is a Neurosurgery doctor in New York, New York. Dr. Bilsky has been practicing medicine for over 34 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bone Tumor. He is also highly rated in 15 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Bone Tumor, Chordoma, Spinal Tumor, and Schwannoma. He is licensed to treat patients in New York. Dr. Bilsky is currently accepting new patients.

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Surgical Oncology

University of Texas System

Physicians Referral Service

1515 Holcombe Blvd 
Houston, TX 77030

Laurence Rhines is a Neurosurgery specialist and a Surgical Oncologist in Houston, Texas. Dr. Rhines has been practicing medicine for over 29 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bone Tumor. He is also highly rated in 6 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Bone Tumor, Chordoma, Spinal Tumor, and Hepatic Hemangioma. He is licensed to treat patients in Texas. Dr. Rhines is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Neurosurgery

University of Texas System

Physicians Referral Service

1515 Holcombe Blvd 
Houston, TX 77030

Shaan Raza is a Neurosurgery doctor in Houston, Texas. Dr. Raza has been practicing medicine for over 16 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bone Tumor. He is also highly rated in 20 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Bone Tumor, Meningioma, Olfactory Neuroblastoma, and Sinus Cancer. He is licensed to treat patients in Texas. Dr. Raza is currently accepting new patients.

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What is the outlook (prognosis) for Bone Tumor?

How well you do depends on the type of bone tumor.

Outcome is usually good in people with noncancerous (benign) tumors. But some benign bone tumors can turn into cancer.

People with cancerous bone tumors that have not spread may be cured. The cure rate depends on the type of cancer, location, size, and other factors. Talk to your provider about your particular cancer.

What are the possible complications of Bone Tumor?

Problems that may result from the tumor or treatment include:

  • Pain
  • Reduced function, depending on the tumor
  • Side effects of chemotherapy
  • Spread of the cancer to other nearby tissues (metastasis)
When should I contact a medical professional for Bone Tumor?

Call your provider if you have symptoms of a bone tumor.

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A Phase I/II Study of Azacitidine, Venetoclax, and Gilteritinib for Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia or High-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome With an Activating FLT3 Mutation
What are the Latest Advances for Bone Tumor?
A CASE OF UNRESECTABLE METASTATIC RENAL CARCINOMA SUCCESSFULLY TREATED BY COMBINED MODALITY THERAPY WITH NIVOLUMAB AND SURGERY.
Combined Nasal Endoscopic and Subfrontal Craniotomy for Resection Tumors of Anterior Skull Base.
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Mid-term outcomes of hemipelvic allograft reconstruction after pelvic bone tumor resections.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : February 06, 2020
Published By : Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Heck RK, Toy PC. Benign/aggressive tumors of bone. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 26.

Heck RK, Toy PC. Malignant tumors of bone. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 27.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network website. NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology (NCCN guidelines): Bone cancer. Version 1.2020. www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/bone.pdf. Updated August 12, 2019. Accessed July 15, 2020.

Reith JD. Bone and joints. In: Goldblum JR, Lamps LW, McKenney JK, Myers JL, eds. Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 40.