Treatment for bone cancer depends on various factors, including the location, size, type, and stage of the tumor, as well as your age, general health, and how long you have been experiencing symptoms. Some common bone cancer treatment options include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our cancer experts use many tools to help you fight bone cancer on all fronts. Here, we provide a powerful combination of traditional and new, innovative therapies.
Your care team will work with you to determine the appropriate combination of therapies, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Surgery for bone cancer can include excisions, limb-sparing surgery or amputation, joint replacements, reconstructive surgery, palliative surgery to relieve bone pain, and more. CTCA also addresses orthopaedic problems (such as arthritis and osteoporosis) that may occur alongside the cancer and requires a specialist's attention.
- Fractionated Dose Chemotherapy divides a powerful dose of chemotherapy drugs into smaller doses, administered over a period of several days. This approach exposes cancer cells to the drugs for a longer period of time, while also seeking to reduce the unpleasant side effects often experienced with larger doses.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a type of three-dimensional radiotherapy. IMRT uses a powerful, advanced computer program to plan a precise dose of radiation in three dimensions, based on individual tumor size, shape and location. Remarkably, IMRT can allow for higher radiation doses than traditional radiotherapy methods, while limiting exposure to more of the surrounding, healthy tissue.