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Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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Bone Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the bone


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Describe the features of primary bone cancer.?

Describe the features of primary bone cancer.?

Variable: You may be referring to either myeloma or bone cancers such as ostesarcoma. Myeloma is often called bone cancer but is actually a blood cancer associated with painful bone lesions, low blood counts, renal problems and increased infections. Osteosarcomas are bone cancers of long bones, common in children/young adults associated with painful growths that can be treated successfully. ...Read more

Dr. Francis Cannizzo
243 doctors shared insights

Bone Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the bone


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How does bone cancer kill a person?

How does bone cancer kill a person?

Invasion: Cancer will kill you if the cancer cells invade healthy tissue/organs and impair their function. With "bone cancer", this can occur by affecting blood cell production in the bone, or the cancer can metastasize to other organs and cause organ failiure. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What are the main symptoms of bone cancer?

What are the main symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain: Most of the time when we are talking about cancer of the bone it is from metastasis. That is were a cancer from another origin spreads to the bone. Sometimes there is no symptom at all and we find these when we test by bone scan, xray, or ct scans. The most common symptom when it develops is pain from pressure on the periosteum or covering of a bone. Fractures are also possible and cause pain. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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Usually, what are the signs of bone cancer?

Pain and swelling: There are many different types of bone cancer, each with its own signs and symptoms. In general bone cancer may cause pain, local swelling, and fracture. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with bone cancer, what should I do now?

I was just diagnosed with bone cancer, what should I do now?

Folllow your doctor': Advice. Please follow the instructions of your doctors. You may need to deal with different doctors in different specialities. Ask questions if you have any doubt. Good luck! ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

No.: Bone cancers are typically diagnosed by biopsy after noticing an abnormality on x-ray or mri. There typically have no abnormalities of blood work. Leukemia is a bone marrow disorder. This is not a bone cancer, but can be confused, as the abnormal marrow is inside the bone. Leuekemias often have abnormal blood work. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ache left side of rite knee a month ago.Aches/pain sometimes still when walking.18 yrs.Doc only did blood tests. Bone cancer?Not athletic.

Woke up w/ache left side of rite knee a month ago.Aches/pain sometimes still when walking.18 yrs.Doc only did blood tests. Bone cancer?Not athletic.

See ortho: It would be very unlikely that you have bone cancer because you had knee pain a month ago, especially at 18 yo. You need to see your dr. And tell them to examine your knee or see an orthopedic dr. Generally speaking, it is most likely something common like condromalacia or patellofemoral syndrome, which is common in young individuals that are active, but do not necessarily have to be in sports. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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How do you know if you have bone cancer?

How do you know if you have bone cancer?

BIOPSY: X-ray followed by biopsy. If sarcoma is suspected, have biopsy done by oncologic surgeon experienced in sarcoma. If metastatic disease, biopsy may not be essential if presentation is typical. ...Read more

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Can boxing cause bone cancer?

Can boxing cause bone cancer?

No: As a certified ringside physician, I have trained with and worked with many amateur and professional boxers over the last 15 yrs, and thankfully none of them have had bone cancer! Bone fractures yes, but not bone cancer! This does not mean boxers cannot develop bone cancer, but the cancer has nothing to do with the fact that they are boxers. Hope that answers your question! ...Read more

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What causes knee pain? Can it mean bone cancer?

What causes knee pain? Can it mean bone cancer?

Very unlikely: At your age pain in the knee is most likely some kind of soft tissue problem or possibly early degenerative change. You may want to see your doctor to get an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can you completely treat bone cancer?

Yes: Many varieties of early stage bone cancer can be completely treated. Discuss what stage you have with your physician to determine treatment strategies and expected long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

No: Bone scan is a crude way of measuring active disease in bone. There are more sensitive tests available now. It does not pick up dead cells. But not showing active disease in an area where it was showing disease, "lack of uptake" is a good sign. ...Read more

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Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped  to 1000?

CEA: The declining of the cancer marker here tells you that you respond quite well to the radiation and chemotherapy that you received. Btw, what is the primary cancer? ...Read more

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What are the treatments of bone cancer?

Depends on tumor: Radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery may be required depending on the type of tumor. ...Read more

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Are there any affordable treatments that could cure bone cancer stage four?

Maybe/hard to say.: Most of these are resistant to chemotherapy, so often surgery is done, with good results. Both of these are expensive, but chemotherapy may be more so, and many cycles may be needed. So you may be getting a less expensive treatment. Ewing's sarcoma can be cured with high dose therapy and bone marrow transplant, it really depends on what your cancer is and what works, and what your plan covers. ...Read more

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With cancer is it possible to get bone cancer and what happens if u don't get treatment what happens syptom wise thank you?

With cancer is it possible to get bone cancer and what happens if u don't get treatment what happens syptom wise thank you?

Yes. Bone pain.: Many cancers have a tendency to spread to nonesuch as breast and prostate. These are not bone cancers it cancers from other places that spread to bone through the blood. If not treated, bone pain and even fractures occur. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between bone density drugs and cancer?

As a treatment: This group of drugs is used to stabilize the bone to reduce cancer related injury to bone. They are used in solid tumors and in myeloma.
They reduce bone fractures and other complications. These drugs also are used to reduce the elevated calcium that occurs in some cancer patients. ...Read more

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Could anastrozole 1mg tablets for breast cancer also help in preventing bone cancer in women?

Could anastrozole 1mg tablets for breast cancer also help in preventing bone cancer in women?

Prevents breast ca: Hello,
anastrozole is excellent in helping to keep breast cancer from coming back. When breast cancer returns it is usually to either the bones (most commonly), the liver, or the lungs (and other organs). Anastrozole is effective at preventing breast cancer from recurring in all of these places (and others). Bone cancer (like osteosarcoma) is very rare and not related to breast cancer
good luck. ...Read more

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M20. About 2mos I've been having left knee pain, gets worse when i excercise, is usually not there otherwise. What could this be? Scared of bone cancer

M20. About 2mos I've been having left knee pain, gets worse when i excercise, is usually not there otherwise. What could this be? Scared of bone cancer

Not cancer: In my 25 years of being a rheumatologist… I have yet to see knee pain present has bone cancer. An x-ray would completely rule that out but it is extremely rare. Pain when exercising suggests a number of possibilities. There could be a problem within the joint. Is there any history of trauma? There could be tendinitis. The first thing to do is rest, anti-inflammatories if there is no contraindication such as stomach ulcers or kidney failure, time, heat.If it continues to cause problems, suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's common for adults to get bone cancer with no family history?

Can you tell me if it's common for adults to get bone cancer with no family history?

Usually no fam hx: Primary bone cancer is not caused by a faulty gene that can be passed down through families. But people who have some rare genetic syndromes have higher risk of some types of bone cancer than other people. ...Read more

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Im a her 2 stage 3 breast cancer patient my dr advice me to have zometa every 6 mos . Is zometa can help prevent bone metastasize? Is it helpful to avoid bone cancer?

Im a her 2 stage 3 breast cancer patient my dr advice me to have zometa every 6 mos . Is zometa can help prevent bone metastasize? Is it helpful to avoid bone cancer?

Yes possible: Zometa is uses to prevent osteoporosis and it is not a chemotherapeutic agent . Its uses along with stranded chemotherapy , 41 % time it prevents or delays skeletal related events ( sre ) and 17 % of risk of development of metastasis. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bone cancer?

Symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain, swelling, mass: Most commonly progressive pain sometimes waking from sleep, swelling, and a palpable mass. ...Read more

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What causes bone cancer?

What causes bone cancer?

Dumb back luck: You won't find an environmental cause for any bone cancer apart from the rare ones that arise in pre-existing severe Paget's of bone, rare genetic syndromes or an old radiation port. Recently the news showcased what we pathologists have taught for decades -- the vast majority of cancers are the result of random mutations -- truly random. There's no way to prevent. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more