Bone cancer treatments

This page was reviewed under our medical and editorial policy by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on June 8, 2022.

Multiple treatments are available to attack bone cancer, though the stage and location of the disease dictates which may be recommended. After a host of testing and a thorough evaluation, a multidisciplinary team of bone cancer experts will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Bone cancer treatments include:

Orthopedic oncology: Our orthopedic oncology program provides various orthopedic procedures for patients—soft tissue excisions/resections, hip and joint replacement, and reconstructive and palliative surgeries, for example—and addresses orthopedic problems that may occur, such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

Surgery: Many surgeries may be performed, depending on the location and extent of the tumor.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy may be recommended to treat certain bone cancers, such as Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma.

Radiation therapy: Bone tumors, often surrounded by sensitive tissues like nerves and blood vessels, may be challenging and complicated to treat. Sophisticated radiation therapy delivery systems help our radiation oncologists target difficult-to-reach bone tumors.

Targeted therapy: With this therapy, drugs attach to proteins, receptors or gene mutations found only on specific types of cancer cells. Targeted therapy drugs may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy or other treatments, to help anti-cancer drugs better identify and attack cancer cells.

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