Bone Tumors (Malignant)
Malignant (cancerous) tumors are more rare than benign tumors - and more dangerous. The term malignant means there is moderate to high probability the tumor will spread beyond where it first develops. The cancer cells spread by traveling in the blood or through the lymph vessels. Malignant bone tumors most commonly spread to the lungs or to other bones.
Malignant bone tumors can occur at almost any age. Osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma, two of the most common malignant bone tumors, are usually found in people age 30 or younger. In contrast, chondrosarcoma, , malignant tumors that grow as cartilage-like tissue, usually occur after the age of 30.
In all cases, the best treatment requires a thorough evaluation by an experienced doctor. Optimal treatment demands the combined skills of an exceptional surgeon, pathologist, radiologist, radiotherapist, medical oncologist and sometimes a plastic surgeon.
Malignant bone tumors include: