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What is the treatment for bone cancer?

An operation to remove the cancer is the mainstay of treatment for bone cancers. Surgical techniques can remove most bone cancers without requiring amputation of the affected limb. Sometimes, muscles and other tissues that surround the cancer also have to be removed. Reconstructive surgery may be needed, in addition to cancer resection, to help maximize function of the limb.

Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma, and other bone cancers may require chemotherapy in addition to surgery.

Radiation therapy is the typical treatment for chondrosarcoma.

Ewing sarcomas that do not respond well to high-dose chemotherapy may require radiation therapy and even a stem-cell transplant. In this procedure, the patient's stem cells (blood cells that have the potential to develop into all the different kinds of blood cells) are harvested from the bloodstream. After high doses of chemotherapy medications to destroy the bone marrow, the harvested stem cells are next returned to the body, as with a blood transfusion. Over the next three to four weeks, the stem cells produce new blood cells from the bone marrow.

Targeted therapies are specially designed treatments that aim treatment specifically at the cancer cells. For example, denosumab (Xgeva) is a monoclonal antibody that acts to block the activity of specialized bone cells called osteoclasts. This medication has been used in the treatment of giant cell tumors of bone that have recurred after surgery or cannot be removed by surgery. Imatinib (Gleevec) is a targeted therapy drug that can block the signals from certain mutated genes that cause tumor cells to grow. Imatinib has been used to treat some chordomas that have spread or recurred after treatment.

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Comment from: Vanessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I found out June, 09 that I had osteosarcoma. I started chemo a few weeks later. I am a 33 year old female which makes this very rare. Mine was a high rate cancer. There have been many times when I wanted to give up. Family and friends mean well but unless I've ever been to hell and back u really can't understand what it's like. Even the doctors can't understand what you are going through. I've had the bone in my leg from about 6 inches above my knee to right above my ankle and my complete knee replaced with mostly metal, this was done Nov. 21. Today is Jan 19th, and I just took my 1st steps (with the brace). Still have some more chemo and waiting for my hair to grow back, but today I'm cancer free and I still have both legs. I will never b able to run again, but I'll be able to watch my children grow. So please if you have cancer don't ever give up the fight. You can win the battle no matter how hard it is or how depressed you get.

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Comment from: jess, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

My mother who is 45 this year was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 in October 2008 when the doctor found a lump in her ribcage and had it removed. She then had chemotherapy for a while before considering alternative treatments; one which she took for two months was ozone treatment. The treatment involved clearing the toxic elements from the blood and then pumping pure oxygen into the blood. The treatment helped her regain strength, improve digestive system and also appetite. We were happy to see her having meals. However not long after she began coughing and experiencing breathing issues, which then the doctor confirmed liquid formed in both her lungs. She then had some removed, the water keeps reforming but till today we don't know if the ozone treatment somehow contributed to it. She then continued with chemo and also has a huge tumor in her breast but doctor still finds her unfit for a surgery. We recently discovered that her terrible leg pain is just more than pain. we are hoping that the doctor will be able to treat that effectively and then hopefully she will be fit for the surgery as its hard watching her going through so much pain and unable to do anything to help her at all. It's hard to tell her each time don't give up, you are going to be better when she's crying in pain. To other patients with loss of appetite, would kindly like to suggest you to dine with family and friends in different locations and different type of food compared to what you usually have. Maybe some Chinese style stews or soup, notorious but different. It helps when everyone around you eats with you.

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