Clavicle bone cancer - Doctor answers

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My clavicle bone is protruding outward & sore, I've had this for years, the pain comes & goes, but bone is getting biggger, could this be bone cancer?

My clavicle bone is protruding outward & sore, I've had this for years, the pain comes & goes, but bone is getting biggger, could this be bone cancer?

Sounds worrisome: I wouldn't delay seeing a local doctor with those symptoms. It could be an old fracture evolving (if you had an injury), but less likely since it has been for years. There are both benign (non-cancerous) bone tumors and cancerous bone tumors (various bone sarcomas). You need a simple X-ray of the clavicle area and to be evaluated by an orthospedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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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


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How can bone cancer of the shoulder be treated?

How can bone cancer of the shoulder be treated?

Depends on the type: It depends on the type of bone cancer. We generally treat primary cancers of bone with a combination of chemotherapy with surgery with or without radiation therapy. That being said there are differences in the chemotherapy drugs used, the surgical and/or radiation approach depending on the subtype of bone cancer like osteosarcoma, ewing sarcom and chondrosarcoma. ...Read more

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Would bone cancer in the chest or back show on a chest xray. Severe left upper back/shoulder/chest pain not yet diagnosed. Now daily pain unbearable.

Would bone cancer in the chest or back show on a chest xray. Severe left upper back/shoulder/chest pain not yet diagnosed. Now daily pain unbearable.

See a doctor: Please see a doctor as soon as possible. There are several more common diagnoses (other than bone cancer) that present the way you describe, some of them require rapid treatment for the best possible outcome. To answer your question however, "bone cancer" is sometimes, not alway seen on a chest x-ray. I hope this helps. ...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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How dangerous is bone cancer?

How dangerous is bone cancer?

Very dangerous: Bone cancer can be very dangerous if left untreated. Depending on the actual type of bone cancer and whether it has spread or not may determine the actual prognosis and treatments needed. ...Read more

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How is bone cancer diagnosed?

How is bone cancer diagnosed?

Scans, Symptoms: Sometimes pet and bone scan find things otherwise not suspected, but many times a bone hurts, and occasionally, a bone breaks with trivial trauma and is found to be caused by cancer (pathologic fracture). We search for the site of origin to determine treatment. ...Read more

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When was bone cancer discovered?

When was bone cancer discovered?

Morgagni in 1761?: According to the American Cancer Society, the word "cancer" is credited to Hippocrates (460-370 BC). Giovanni Morgagni is credited as the first to use autopsy to diagnose cancer, in 1761. I have no specific in formation on bone cancers, however. There are different types of bone cancer, including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer?

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Swelling: There is usually abnormal growth in any part of the bone and in later stages there might be some pain. Any abnormal growth or swelling should promptly be shown to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are signs or symptoms of bone cancer?

What are signs or symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain, swelling, mass: The most frequent symptoms of bone cancer are pain at the site of disease often severe enough to wake from sleep, swelling at the area, and a firm mass at the site of disease. ...Read more

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Usually, what are the signs of bone cancer?

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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What are the signs of possible bone cancer?

Pain most often: Most primary and secondary bone tumors present with pain. Some can present as painless enlargement/swelling of a limb or joint. On occasion a bone tumor can be silent until there is enough weakness in the bone for a fracture to occur. ...Read more

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What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

Rare: Primary bone cancer is rare. It accounts for much less than 1 percent of all cancers. About 2, 300 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. ...Read more

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What should be the medicines for bone cancer?

It depends: If this is a primary bone cancer then there is many different agents (chemotherapy and targeted therapy) that can be used depending on the type of cancer (osteosarcoma vs chondrosarcoma...Etc). If this is metastatic cancer then we usually use xgeva (denosumab) or zometa to decrease bone related pain and skeletal related events (like pathologic fractures). I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What kinds of symptoms are signs of bone cancer?

What kinds of symptoms are signs of bone cancer?

Last I checked: There are 206 bones in the human. Curiously, bone metastasis affect skull and central skeleton & proximal appendicular. Each bony site is different. Pain is common, fracture of weight bearing bones. Some cause abnormal increased blood calcium. Cancer starting in bones is very rare (osteo- chondro- sarcoma). Usually in young adults. ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be completely cured of bone cancer?

Is it possible to be completely cured of bone cancer?

Yes: It is possible to be completely cured of bone cancer. Depending on the type of bone cancer and its stage, a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy may be used. ...Read more

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What happens when you have bone cancer and a bone breaks?

What happens when you have bone cancer and a bone breaks?

Hurts like heck!: No joke. A pathological fracture is a very serious, hard to treat situation that often leads to immobility or death. It often needs surgery and radiotherapy for management. That's why it's vital to prevent fractures and deal with bone metastases before the bone breaks. Bisphosphonates (bone meds), radiation, and even preventative surgery can be considered depending on the situation. ...Read more

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Is there cure for bone cancer..

It depends: Cure depends on the tumor type (type of primary bone cancer versus metastatic cancer). Isolated primary bone cancer like osteosarcoma could be cured using multimodality team of experienced oncologist and surgeon. If bone cancer is secondary/metastatic then treatment is focused on symptoms and preventing fractures using medications like zelandroic acid and Denosumab and radiation for pain relief. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for bone cancer?

Is there a cure for bone cancer?

Some types are: Curable depending on the stage of the tumor at the time of diagnosis. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are the usual treatments. There are many different types of bone cancers and each has different behavior and cure rate. Consult this site for more info.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/bone. ...Read more

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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


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