Bone cancer can begin in any bone in the body, but it most commonly affects the pelvis or the long bones in the arms and legs. Most of the tumours seen in the bone are non cancerous or benign. There are very less tumours that are cancerous or non treatable.
The cancers in other body parts metastatize into the bones but then they are not termed as bone cancers and are known as metastasis of the primary cancer.
Symptoms of Benign Bone Tumour
Look for the following symptoms that may be a warning sign for bone cancer:
Pain in any Bone
Swelling in the region
Weak bone leading to fracture
The tumours of bone can be detected through radiological investigations like X-ray, CT Scan or MRI. However, the first step should always be consultation with a good bone cancer surgeon or a orthopaedic onco surgeon. He needs to evaluate the patient advise the best investigations.
Surgery - Surgery is the best and the most preferred line of treatment by most of the orthopaedic and bone cancer surgeons in India. The surgery depends upon the size of the tumour, location of the tumour and the symptoms that it is giving. Surgery removes the tumor and rebuilds new, healthy bone where the tumor was removed. The likelihood that the tumor will come back is low, usually less than 5%. Some tumors, such as osteoid osteoma, are frequently treated by radio frequency ablation or thermal necrosis.
The cost of investigations for bone tumour is in the range of USD 500-700 in India while the cost of bone tumour surgery in India would be in the range of USD 5000-8000.
The hospital stay for bone cancer surgery would be 3-5 days and post discharge stay in India would be about 2 weeks. So you should ideally plan a trip for about 3-4 weeks to India for getting the complete treatment. You can send your reports by email or whatsapp to get an estimate about the cost of the treatment before arriving in India.
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Bone Tumour Surgery is best done by orthopaedic cancer or bone cancer surgeon in India. There are very few orthoapedic cancer or bone cancer surgeons in India. Dr Jagandeep Singh Virk is one of the best and extensively trained orthopaedic cancer or bone cancer surgeon available at Mohali, Punjab. Bone tumours are not very common but they can be very painful as they cause weakening of bones. Hence they need to be operated at the earliest.
Once you have been diagnosed with the bone tumour whether cancerous or benign you need to see a bone cancer or orthopaedic cancer specialist as soon as possible. Tumour can weaken the bones where they have grown and lead to fractures. Hence every patient who has been diagnosed with bone tumour needs to see the surgeon and get operated at th earliest.
During recovery, it is very important to keep your fingers moving to keep them from getting stiff. Your bone cancer surgeon will have you start walking at the right time for your fracture. Recovery time varies and depends on a lot of factors. It is not unusual for recovery to take months. Even then, some patients may have stiffness or aching. You will gradually start walking with support followed by walker then gradually to stick and then independently.
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