When cells in a bone multiply uncontrollably, they form a tissue mass that develops into a bone tumor. Most bone tumors are benign, however, there are a few varieties which are malignant and require immediate treatment before the cancer spreads. Many times, bone tumors are not diagnosed until the disease is in an advanced stage, requiring multimodal treatment.
Chemotherapy is usually one of the forms of treatment oncologists may recommend and often, Dr. Sant Chawla of the Sarcoma Oncology Center is referred to patients by their treating physician. Dr. Chawla is recognized in the medical community as a renowned oncologist specializing in chemotherapy. Many patients seek out Dr. Chawla specifically for his reputation as a physician who is dedicated to developing the best possible treatment for his patients diagnosed with bone cancer or soft tissue.
What Is Primary Bone Cancer?
A primary bone cancer means the disease first developed in bone, and not in soft tissue. This type of cancer is less common than metastatic bone cancer, which is cancer that originated somewhere else in the body and spread to bone.
There are several different types of primary bone cancer, but only three appear more often than the others:
- Osteosarcoma – usually found in the knee and upper arm
- Ewing’s sarcoma – more common to children and young adults and develops in the leg, upper arm, pelvis,or ribs
- Chondrosarcoma – develops in cartilage cells in the shoulder, arm, hip, pelvis and leg; common to adults from 40 to 70
- Multiple myeloma, which develops in bone, is not primary bone cancer but a soft tissue variety developing in bone marrow.
Similar to other cancer types, there might not be any visible symptoms with a bone tumor until the disease is advanced. Chemotherapy is often used either before surgery to shrink the tumor or after surgery to kill any remaining traces of cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with bone cancer and want to know more about your condition or discuss treatment options, contact Dr. Chawla. He is frequently involved in clinical trial studies and often these can provide an excellent treatment option. If you want a second opinion, Dr. Chawla counsels newly diagnosed patients providing them with a greater understanding of their disease and prognosis.
Call the Bone Cancer Specialists
Malignant bone cancer is rare. The dedicated oncologists at the Sarcoma Cancer Center are renowned for their expertise and advanced solutions to the disease. They can offer medically advanced treatment solutions through their involvement with clinical trials and broad experience. Call today at 310-552-9999 to schedule a consultation.
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