There are two types of bone cancer: tumors that have spread to the bones from other locations, and tumors that start in the bone. Our site has been created for people who have cancer that started in the bones. These tumors are called sarcomas.
Sarcomas are rare cancers that make up less than 1% of cancer diagnoses each year. Sarcomas can be difficult to diagnose and to treat, because they often develop deep within tissue and bone.
About 80% of sarcomas occur in soft tissues like muscles, fat and nerves. The rest of sarcomas occur in bones and joints.
Bone sarcomas like osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma are often diagnosed in children, adolescents and young adults. Most of these patients will have surgery to remove the tumors and rebuild the affected area. When necessary, additional treatment (chemotherapy and radiation) is often aggressive and can last for about a year.
The good news is – bone sarcoma can be survived. We hope that you will be inspired to press on as you read our stories, and that you will know that you are not alone.
We encourage you to learn about sarcoma and its treatment, so that you will be prepared to participate in the medical decisions that affect your life. Here are some general guidelines that are helpful for patients and caregivers. Make sure to learn about the benefits of treatment at sarcoma centers.
- Chondrosarcoma (SarcomaHelp.org)
- Chondrosarcoma Patient Guide
- Chondrosarcoma Support Group
- Chondrosarcoma at E-medicine
- Chondrosarcoma Survival and Control
Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma (which is quite different than conventional chondrosarcoma)
- Ewing’s Sarcoma (SarcomaHelp.org)
- Ewing’s Sarcoma from the National Cancer Institute
- Ewing’s Sarcoma Support