Bone Cancer

Bone Cancer

Dr. Kennedy
Bone cancer is a malignancy in bone. Primary bone cancer, one that begins in bone, is uncommon but it is not unusual for a malignancy to spread to bone from other parts of the body such as from breast, lung, and
prostate. The most common type of primary bone cancer is osteosarcoma,
which develops in new tissue in growing bones. Another type of cancer, chondrosarcoma,
arises in cartilage. Ewing’s sarcoma, still another form of bone cancer,
begins in immature nerve tissue in bone marrow. Osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma
tend to occur in children and adolescents, while chondrosarcoma occurs more
often in adults. Cancers that metastasize to bone from another location are
generally not called bone cancer but are named for the organ or tissue in which
the cancer begins as, for example, lung cancer metastatic to bone.

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