Bone Cancer Treatment
cancer Treatment considered by your doctor depends on the type of cancer you have (osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma or myeloma), its stage or type of organs affected (in case of a metastatic bone cancer). In
addition, your oncologist will consider the state of your health in order to avoid overly aggressive treatment
that can do more harm than good.
bone cancer is treated by three main methods: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy; these may be used alone or
the most effective and most used treatment in the case of bone cancer. During the surgery, your surgeon removes
the cancer and surrounding tissues. In some cases, mostly if the cancer is advanced, amputation of the affected
limb is unavoidable. The operation may be preceded by chemotherapy (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) or succeeded
by chemotherapy (adjuvant
is a systemic treatment that attacks all organs of the body and prevents cancer cells to multiply. Depending on
the aggressiveness of the tumor, your oncologist may use chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy increases your chance of surviving, but it often many side effects such as:
During radiotherapy, the
cancerous area of your body is directly exposed to radiation, which makes a specific part of the body is
affected by the treatment, unlike chemotherapy. The rays of radiation
prevent the proliferation of the diseased cells and cause their destruction. Radiotherapy may be administered
before surgery to reduce the size of the tumor or after surgery in combination with chemotherapy.
harmful than chemotherapy, radiation therapy can cause the following side effects:
- loss of
skin dryness and redness.
Stages Survival Rates