An Introduction to Bone Cancer Signs and Symptoms
usually develops over time. As the cancer cells grow, the cells spread more deeply into the bone and to surrounding areas. When bone cancer spreads (metastasizes) outside the bone, cancer cells are often found in nearby lymph nodes, nerves, or blood vessels. If the cancer has reached the lymph nodes, it may spread to other organs. It is helpful to understand the progression of bone cancer in order to understand bone cancer symptoms, staging, and treatment.
Common Bone Cancer Symptoms
Pain is the most common bone cancer symptom. However, symptoms may vary, depending on the location and size of the bone cancer. Tumors that occur in or near joints may cause swelling, tenderness, and/or stiffness in the affected area. Bone
cancer can also interfere with normal movements and can weaken the bones, occasionally leading to a fracture.
Other symptoms of bone cancer may include:
- Weight loss
Summary of Bone Cancer Symptoms
These symptoms are not sure signs of bone cancer. Other, less serious health problems can also cause these symptoms. People with possible symptoms of bone cancer should see a doctor as soon as possible, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.