What should I know about chemotherapy and bone cancer? How effective is chemotherapy for bone cancer?

It Depends. Chemotherapy can be part of curative treatment of primary bone tumors which actually started in the bone like multiple myeloma, osteosarcoma, or ewing's sarcoma. Chemotherapy also can be used to slow the growth of tumors that started in other places in the body that have spread or "metastasized" to the bone. In these cases, it is not curative but can help easy pain and possibly strengthen bone.
Depends. It depends on the type of bone cancer and the type of chemotherapy. You can read more at: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/bone-cancer.
This . This depends on what kind of bone cancer it is. Chemotherapy is used to treat metastatic disease and not the primary tumor itself. For example, osteosarcoma is a type of malignant bone tumor that is very aggressive and often spreads to the lungs. Chemotherapy is used to reduce the incidence of lung metastasis by killing the metastases when they are very tiny in the lung, before they can be detected by any means we have available today. Chemotherapy in this instance is very effective and advances in medical oncology have improved the survival from osteosarcoma. The simplest answer is that chemotherapy works well to help prevent or treat spread of bone cancers away from the bone, but usually not well to treat the bone tumor itself. Treatment of the tumor itself is typically done through a combination of radiation therapy and surgery to shrink and then cut out the tumor.

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Can you give chemotherapy only for bone cancer in phase 0?

Clarify question? What do you mean by phase 0? What kind of bone cancer you are referring here? Are you referring a primary bone cancer like osteosarcoma or metastatic disease to the bone? We'd be able to help you better if you can make your question more clear. Read more...
Usually not. The treatment of bone sarcomas depends on the specific diagnosis like ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma etc. Conventional osteosarcoma is generally standard treated with chemotherapy and surgical resection of the tumor. Ewing sarcoma is also treated with chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiation to the tumor. Chemotherapy is usually not sufficient unless diagnosis is lymphoma or myeloma. Read more...

My mother in law is undergoing chemotherapy every week for bone cancer final stage. She kisses n hugs my 2 year old son always. Is it safe for my son?

Yes but risk for her. She is immunosuppressed so she is getting exposed to your son's germs so she may pick up infections from him. Read more...
Its ok. You don't 'catch' bone cancer by kissing and hugging, doesn't work that way, let grandma enjoy her grandson without your worrying, this is a good thing, relax ! Read more...

Analysis ca, CEA was 1500 before chemotherapy and 20glesa radiation and now after 3 sessions became 1007 is this good mother has bone cancer secondary?

Not sure. I am having trouble knowing exactly what you are asking. Can you please ask again with more details about diagnosis and treatment? Read more...
Bone secondary. Dear the tumor markers are bad marker to assess disease progression or follow up since you get decreasing levels with more speard and increasing levels with good response even the american oncology society does not stress on them her symptoms are the best follow up tool to assess response. Read more...