Bone cancer is a tumour which grows inside a bone, known as primary bone cancer. When cancer spread into bone from another part of the body, this is known as secondary bone cancer. Bone cancer is very rare, and the four most common types are:
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Spindle cell sarcoma
Different type of bone cancer can affect different age ranges, for example, chondrosarcoma usually affects adults aged 30-60.
The main symptom of bone cancer is bone pain, or a feeling of tenderness that can progress to a persistent ache. This is often mistaken for growing pains in children, but if it persists for longer than three days, it’s time to seek medical attention. Redness and swelling may occur or you may notice a lump near the affected bone. Less common symptoms include night sweats, fever and unexplained weight loss.
Early diagnosis is essential. Whilst in the past amputation was usually necessary to remove the affected limb, today a combination of chemotherapy and limb-sparing surgery means a metal implant can be used to replace the affected bone. Failure to diagnose bone cancer could mean it spreads to other parts of the body. This is known as metastatic bone cancer and is harder to treat.
Have you been diagnosed with bone cancer?
If you have received a diagnosis of bone cancer, you are probably feeling shocked and upset. But failure to diagnose bone cancer could have even more serious consequences for your health. If you have received a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, the cancer could spread to other parts of your body, affecting your prognosis. You could end up losing a limb or worse. If you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer within three years of your failed diagnosis to see if you could claim compensation for your suffering.
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown