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Bone cancer

Bone cancer, also called skeletal cancer, is a rare cancer that begins in the cells of your bones. You may need blood tests and imaging studies to diagnose these cancers. Your treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Bone cancer services in North Texas

The bone cancer specialists throughout the Medical City Healthcare network offer advanced treatment for all types of musculoskeletal cancers.

The oncologists and nurse navigators at our hospitals provide the expert, patient-centered care you need following a bone cancer diagnosis.

Have cancer questions?

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential.

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential.

Types of bone cancer we treat

Through our cancer care services at Medical City Dallas, Medical City Fort Worth and Medical City Plano, we treat all types of bone cancers, including:

  • Osteosarcomas: The most common type of bone cancer, osteosarcomas cause immature bone development and occur most often in people between 10 and 30 years old.
  • Chondrosarcomas: Malignant tumors made of cartilage-producing cells, chondrosarcomas can develop anywhere there is cartilage and are seen more frequently in people between 20 and 75 years old.
  • Ewing tumors: Also called Ewing sarcomas, these extremely rare tumors grow in or near bones. Ewing tumors are most often seen in teenagers, less common in children and young adults and rare in adults who are 30 years old or older.
  • Giant cell bone tumors: These tumors, which can be benign or malignant, develop near bone joints.
  • Chordomas: These rare bone tumors most often develop in the base of the skull and bones of the spine.
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphomas: This type of cancer grows from white blood cells and targets the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas are one of the more common types of cancer.
  • Multiple myelomas: This is another type of cancer that grows from white blood cells. With multiple myelomas, cancer cells grow in bone marrow.

At Medical City Dallas, patients have access to specialized bone cancer care through our Complex Joint and Musculoskeletal Tumor Program. This unique program provides complete and personalized care for a variety of complex musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and fractures, as well as various types of bone cancer.

Metastatic bone cancer care

Metastatic bone cancer is cancer that has spread to bone from another part of the body. The original cancer is called the "primary cancer," and the spread of cancer within the body is called metastasis.

Metastatic bone cancer, sometimes called secondary bone cancer, is named after the part of the body where the cancer began. Treatment is based on the primary cancer.

Soft tissue cancer care

There are more than 50 types of soft tissue sarcomas. They can develop in fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels or deep skin tissues. Soft tissue sarcomas are uncommon. While they can be found in any area of the body, most start in the arms or legs.

We treat all types of soft tissue cancers, including:

  • Pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcomas: This type of soft tissue cancer most often develops in connective tissues. However, it can also begin in arm or leg bones, where it is known as malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH).
  • Fibrosarcomas: This rare type of cancer affects cells called fibroblasts. It can also develop in bone and most often affects the arms, legs and jaws of middle-aged to elderly adults.
  • Angiosarcomas: This type of cancer, which grows in the lining of blood vessels and lymph vessels, can occur in parts of the body that have undergone radiation therapy.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs): These tumors develop in the digestive tract, most often in the stomach or small intestines.
  • Kaposi sarcomas: In this very rare type of cancer, abnormal tissue develops in the cells under the skin.

Bone cancer treatment

We offer a complete range of bone and soft tissue cancer treatment options, including:

  • Musculoskeletal cancer surgery: Several surgical treatment options are available, including biopsy (removing tissue from the body) and cryosurgery (using extreme cold to treat diseased tissue).
  • Nonsurgical musculoskeletal cancer treatment options: Your care may also involve nonsurgical treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Cancer support

We know a cancer diagnosis affects more than your physical health. That's why cancer support groups are a major part of cancer care at Medical City Healthcare. If you've just learned about a cancer diagnosis, are supporting a loved one through treatment or are transitioning into survivorship, we can connect you with a local community for ongoing care.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (972) 202-8877.

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