Overview

Bone cancer occurs when a tumor, or abnormal mass of tissue, forms in a bone. A tumor may be malignant, that is growing aggressively and spreading to other parts of the body. A malignant tumor is often referred to as cancerous. Cancer that begins[read article]

Tests for Bone Cancer

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A bone scan is an imaging test that safely uses a very small amount of radioactive dye to help diagnose problems with your bones. This test reveals problems with bo...  More
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A bone lesion biopsy is a surgical procedure in which a sample of your bone tissue is removed and tested in a laboratory. The test is typically used to distinguish ...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. It allows doctors to se...  More
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In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of t...  More
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Cytodiagnosis
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In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of t...  More
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Tumor Marker Measurement
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An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The technology is similar to that use...  More
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Bone X-Rays
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A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that allows doctors to check for disease in your body. The scan uses radioactive tracers in a special d...  More
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An X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for decades to help doctors view the inside of the body without having to make an incision. The X-ray was made ...  More
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Medical Procedures for Bone Cancer

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Chemotherapy is an aggressive form of chemical drug therapy meant to destroy rapidly growing cells in the body. It is usually used for cancer, as cancer cells grow ...  More
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Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses concentrated radiation beams to kill cancer cells. The most common type of radiation therapy is external beam radi...  More
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Limb Salvage
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Intravenous chemotherapy
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Surgical Procedures for Bone Cancer

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Surgical Removal of Tumor
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Amputation
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Prescribed Medications for Bone Cancer

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METHOTREXATE (METH oh TREX ate) is a chemotherapy drug. This medicine affects cells that are rapidly growing, such as cancer cells and cells in your mouth and stoma...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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CISPLATIN (SIS pla tin) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets fast dividing cells, like cancer cells, and causes these cells to die. This medicine is used to treat man...  More
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CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE (sye kloe FOSS fa mide) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat many types of cancer like lymph...  More
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VINCRISTINE (vin KRIS teen) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat many types of cancer like Hodgkin's dis...  More
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ETOPOSIDE, VP-16 (e toe POE side) is a chemotherapy drug. It is used to treat small cell lung cancer and other cancers.  More
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IFOSFAMIDE (eye FOS fa mide) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat testicular cancer.  More
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DACTINOMYCIN (dak ti noe MYE sin) is a chemotherapy drug. It is used to treat many kinds of cancer like Wilms' tumor, some sarcomas, and placental and testicul...  More
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Alternative Procedures for Bone Cancer What's this?

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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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Various forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world, with many techniques originating in Eastern religious practices. In mod...  More
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Various forms of therapeutic superficial tissue manipulation have been practiced for thousands of years across cultures. Chinese use of massage dates to 1600 BC, an...  More
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