Bone cancer is a rare form of cancer that is often treated by a team that includes oncologists and orthopedic specialists. At Franciscan Health our oncology nurse navigators can help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options.
A key symptom of bone cancer is bone pain during simple activities such as walking or picking something up. Your physician may choose to investigate symptoms further through a bone scan, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT scan (computed tomography), X-ray or PET scan (positron emission tomography).
If a tumor is detected, your physician will conduct a biopsy to determine if the tumor is cancerous. Not all bone tumors are cancerous. If cancer is detected, you may be referred to a specialist for staging to determine more information about the cancer and if it has spread beyond the tumor. This staging will help the doctors decide what bone cancer treatment options are best.