At Group Health Medical Centers, patients with bone cancer receive outstanding and compassionate care from a team of surgeons and cancer specialists. Our bone cancer care is based on the latest technology and research. With our team approach, our cancer doctors and other providers at Group Health coordinate the care for each patient.
Bone cancer occurs when cancerous tumors in the bone destroy normal bone tissue. However, benign (non-cancer) bone tumors are more common than malignant (cancerous) ones. While benign tumors may compress bones and cause pain and other problems, they don’t spread and rarely are life-threatening.
Most cancerous tumors in bones are caused by other types of cancer spreading to the bone, such as cancer that has started in the breast or lung. This spreading is called a metastasis.
The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain, but not all bone cancer causes pain. Swelling — unrelated to injury — or unusual pain in or near a bone should be checked by your doctor.
To learn more, see the National Cancer Institute: Bone Cancer.