Bone cancer is a cancerous tumor of the bone. There are both benign (noncancerous) tumors and malignant (cancerous) bone tumors, but only the malignant tumors destroy healthy bone density tissue. Benign tumors also grow in the body but do not spread, or destroy any bone tissue and are not usually a threat to life. A malignant tumor is primary bone cancer and is less common than cancer that metastasizes (spreads) to the bones in other parts of the body. Of primary bone cancer, there are a few different kinds, including Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma and Ewing Sarcoma. There are many roads to go down in regards to treatment, but it’s a matter of finding the right one for your specific kind of bone cancer.
Radiation therapy, also known as Radiotherapy, is often used in those suffering from bone cancer as secondary cancer. It helps to control the pain and also helps prevent the development of new pain. You can have either External Beam Therapy, which is when a radiation beam is directed at the bone, from outside the body or, Internal Radiotherapy. With this, you have an injection of radiation liquid, which is injected directly into the affected area and lasts for a couple of days in your body. Radiotherapy will not cure cancer but, it will slow the cancer growth and give you a better quality of life.
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