A tissue mass or lump formed due to the uncontrollable or abnormal dividing of cells is called a tumor. When this abnormal tissue grows, it can displace the healthy tissue and become benign or malignant.
Benign tumors are non-cancerous and are unlikely to be fatal. They typically stay in one place and may not require treatment if they don’t compress healthy bone tissue.
On the other hand, malignant tumors are cancerous and may lead to the spread of cancer throughout the body.
Let’s take a look at the different types of bone tumors and their treatments.
This is a common benign tumor made up of bone cartilage that accounts for between 35 to 40 percent of all benign tumors. It affects the lower thighbone, the upper end of the upper arm bone, or the upper end of the lower leg bone.
This is a solitary bone cyst commonly found in the leg and occurs mostly in adolescents and children.
These are very rare but grow aggressively and are found in adults. They usually originate on the rounded end of the bone.
This is a cyst that grows inside the bone marrow and is common in children and adults alike. It usually grows on the hand and the feet.
Benign tumors may not require action. Doctors usually keep an eye on them to note any changes over time that need to be dealt with.
These tumors can also eventually disappear on their own, especially in children as they get older.
They can also be removed surgically to prevent them from transforming into malignant tumors.
This occurs in adults and adolescents and is the second most common type of bone tumor. It develops around the hips, knee, or shoulders, and tends to grow rapidly to spread to other parts of the body.
This type of tumor strikes adolescents and young adults and usually shows up in the legs, backbones, pelvis, ribs, the upper arm, or the skull. It originates in the cavities of the bones where bone marrow is produced.
Older adults and middle-aged people are more likely to develop this type of tumor that forms on the shoulders, hips, or pelvis.
This is the most common type of secondary bone cancer that shows up in the bone marrow. It commonly affects older adults.
Malignant tumors are treated depending on their type.
Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the main strategies used to treat cancer. The latter two options are often in conjunction with surgery to minimize the risk of the tumor reappearing.
The intensity of each treatment depends on the severity of the tumor and where it’s located.
A dull ache in the affected bone and swelling that persists even after traditional remedies and treatments are underlying symptoms of a tumor. If you’re in a similar situation, its best to get yourself checked out immediately to draw up a proper treatment plan with your orthopedist.
We have trained orthopedists at Artroplastias to give you much-needed care from the diagnosis to the recovery of bone tumors.
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