Bone Cancer Treatment
When treating bone cancer, options vary based on the type and stage of bone cancer, where the tumor is found, the size of the tumor, and the patient's age and general health. In general, treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Choosing the most appropriate treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.
Bone Cancer Treatment: An OverviewThere are several treatment options that are available when treating bone cancer. They will vary based on:
- The type of bone cancer (see Types of Bone Cancer)
- The stage of bone cancer
- Where the tumor is found and the size of the tumor
- The patient's age and general health.
Patients should work with their healthcare providers to develop a treatment plan that meets their medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate bone cancer treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.
Remembering Questions and AnswersMany people with bone cancer want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care and their bone cancer treatment. However, the shock and stress after a bone cancer diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Some patients find that it is helpful to make a list of bone cancer questions before their appointment.
(Click Bone Cancer Questions for a list of questions to ask your doctor about bone cancer.)
Healthcare Providers Involved in Bone Cancer TreatmentThere are usually several healthcare providers involved in a person's treatment for bone cancer. The doctor may refer patients to doctors who specialize in treating bone cancer, or patients may ask for a referral. Specialists who treat this type of cancer include:
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Orthopedic oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists.