What is Bone Cancer? (Definition)

According to the National Cancer Institute, bone cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue. Not all bone tumors are malignant. In fact, benign (noncancerous) bone tumors are more common than malignant ones. Both malignant and benign bone tumors may grow and compress healthy bone tissue, but benign tumors do not spread, do not destroy bone tissue, and are rarely a threat to life.

Malignant tumors that begin in bone tissue are called primary bone cancer. Cancer that metastasizes (spreads) to the bones from other parts of the body, such as the breast, lung, or prostate, is called metastatic cancer, and is named for the organ or tissue in which it began. Primary bone cancer is far less common than cancer that spreads to the bones.


Bone Cancer Signs and Symptoms

It’s often been said that early detection is the best medicine, and when it comes to treating diseases and conditions like bone cancer, the saying definitely holds true.  It is important to pay attention to symptoms, however minor they may seem, as they could be the first signs of disease. In many cases, knowing the early warning signs of bone cancer can help identify the disease before it progresses, allowing for better treatment and treatment outcomes.

Many symptoms are common to many different types of diseases and conditions, such as unexplained weight loss, fatigue, etc. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing so that a proper diagnosis can be made, and if necessary, you can begin treatment.

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms associated with bone cancer, consult with your doctor to identify what may be causing your symptoms. Advancements in diagnosing and treating bone cancer are occurring on a regular basis thanks to ongoing research being conducted at major medical research universities and institutions around the world.

Symptoms and signs of bone cancer may include:

  • Bone pain
  • Swelling and tenderness near the affected area
  • Broken bone
  • Fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

See below for updated news and information regarding bone cancer including new medical research, treatments and advancements. 

Latest Bone Cancer News

Bone Cancer News: Novel Microwave-Induced Photodynamic Therapy Could Zero in on Deeply Situated Tumors

(UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON) According to a recent press release, physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have shown that using microwaves to activate photosensitive nanoparticles produces tissue-heating effects that ultimately lead to cell death within solid tumors ...
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Bone Cancer News: Junk DNA Found to Play Important Role in Development of Ewing Sarcoma

(UNC LINEBERGER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER) According to a recent press release, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center report in the journal Cell Reports that certain short, repetitive sequences of DNA, or "junk," play an important role in the development of Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer that occurs most commonly in children ...
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