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What are the common types of treatment for bone cancer?

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  • These are common types of treatment for bone cancer: Limb salvage surgery removes the part of the bone with cancer. Nearby muscles, tendons, and other tissues are not removed. A metallic implant (prosthesis) replaces the portion of bone that was removed.
  • Amputation may be needed if a tumor is large or extends to nerves and blood vessels. A prosthetic limb can aid function after amputation.
  • Radiation therapy kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors with high-dose X-rays. It is often used in combination with surgery and may be used before or after surgery.
  • Systemic chemotherapy kills tumor cells that have spread through the bloodstream with cancer drugs. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery, after surgery, or for metastatic disease. Your doctor may recommend that you participate in a clinical trial, which tests new therapies. Regardless of your type of treatment, you will need regular follow-up with your doctor.

From: Bone Tumors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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