Sarcoma / Bone Cancer Awareness Month
Sarcoma / Bone Cancer
Most of the time when someone with cancer is told they have cancer in the bones, the doctor is talking about a cancer that has spread to the bones from somewhere else. This is called metastatic cancer. It can happen with many different types of advanced cancer, like breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. When the cancer cells in the bone are looked at under the microscope, they look just like the tissue they come from.
So if someone has lung cancer that has spread to the bone, the cancer cells in the bone look and act like lung cancer cells. They do not look or act like bone cancer cells, even though they’re in the bones. Because these cancer cells still act like lung cancer cells, they need to be treated with drugs that are used for lung cancer.
True (or primary) bone tumors start in the bone itself and are called sarcomas. These are malignant tumors, which means they’re cancer.
Sarcomas start in bone, muscle, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, fat tissue, as well as some other tissues. They can develop anywhere in the body.
For more information about Sarcomas/Bone Cancer, click HERE.
(Source: American Cancer Society)