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Overview

Anatomy of the Bone

A typical bone in your body contains three types of tissue—a hard outer tissue, a sponge-like inner tissue, and smooth tissue at the ends.

Chondrosarcoma

Chondrosarcoma is a malignant type of bone cancer that primarily affects the cartilage cells of the femur, arm, pelvis, knee, and spine.

Ewing Sarcoma in Adults

Ewing sarcoma can occur in any bone, but is most often found in the extremities and can involve muscle and the soft tissues around the tumor site.

Multiple Myeloma

Myeloma bone disease is cancer that affects certain white blood cells called plasma cells.

Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma usually affects the long bones around the knee. It occurs most often in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

X-rays of the Extremities

This procedure is often used as the first step in diagnosing injuries of the extremities, but may also be used to evaluate other problems involving the bones and/or soft tissues.

X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back

This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.

Bone Scan

A bone scan is used to examine the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.

Bone Biopsy

A bone biopsy is a procedure in which bone samples are removed to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

A CT scan of the spine may be performed to assess the spine for a herniated disk, tumors and other lesions, the extent of injuries, structural anomalies such as spina bifida, blood vessel malformations, or other conditions.

Deciding on Treatment

Managing Side Effects

Fatigue: Management

Fatigue can come and go or stay constant for a while. Fatigue from chemotherapy tends to occur a few days after the treatment, peaks, and then gets better before the next treatment. Fatigue from radiation may not happen right away.

Cancer FAQs

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