Bone cancer treatment in Denver

Bone cancer, or malignant bone tumors, is masses or growths that tend to increase rapidly in size and often have the ability to spread to other parts of the body.

Most bone cancers begin with a concern about a lesion--a region in an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess or tumor.

A physician meets with the patient to determine whether a biopsy of the lesion is necessary. If it is needed, a patient may have his or her biopsy administered at our facility or they could be sent to an interventional radiologist.

Most bone biopsies are minimally invasive and completed using a needle. On rare occasion, an open biopsy (surgery) is needed to diagnose. Results are given typically within 48 hours.

We treat all types of bone and soft tissue tumors, both benign and malignant. After we confirm the diagnosis pathologically, our doctors discuss individual options for the patient, including prognosis, treatment and future plans.

Chondrosarcoma

Chondrosarcoma is a cancerous tumor composed of cartilage. They are seen most frequently in patients 50 years old or older, although they can be found in any age group.

Symptoms typically include pain, lump or fracture due to thinning of the bone. Chondrosarcomas most often are seen within the bone and commonly affect the spine or pelvis, but they can occur in an arm or leg. Once the diagnosis is made, chest X-rays are taken to determine the stage of the tumor and a bone scan may be done because this cancer is most likely to spread to the lungs.

Treatment consists of surgical removal of the tumor. Radiation and chemotherapy have not shown to be effective against this type of tumor.

Bone cancer treatment

We treat bone and soft tissue sarcomas and metastatic lesions. The bone cancer care team employs modern techniques and focuses on its unique approach to osteosarcoma treatment with a protocol they have developed. Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is a leader in survival rates in adult and pediatric osteosarcoma.

Intra-arterial chemotherapy can be administered before an operation. This method places chemotherapy agents directly into the tumor and has resulted in a 92 percent survival rate in children within 10 years of their original diagnosis and 89 percent rate in adults.

If you have been diagnosed with bone cancer, you will likely be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or targeted therapy.