Primary bone cancer is rare—it accounts for just 0.2 percent of all cancers—and it affects roughly 2,400 people each year. Even so, receiving this diagnosis can be unsettling for you or a loved one.
Bone cancers can touch anyone at any age. Among adults metastases—especially those that spread from lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer—chondrosarcoma and myeloma bone cancer are the most common.
Team-based treatment at UCHealth
At our bone cancer care clinics in Fort Collins, metro Denver, and Colorado Springs, doctors and support professionals from many fields work together to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person. Our complementary and integrative medicine specialists, for example, incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise consultation into your treatment. Your expert medical team members may include:
- Surgeon/musculoskeletal orthopedic oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Oncology-certified nurses (OCN)
If you need surgery for your bone or soft tissue cancer, you will spend time and energy becoming mobile again. You’ll get help from a variety of UCHealth rehabilitation specialists, including:
- Physiatrists/physical rehabilitation physicians
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
Your medical team may also recommend participation in a clinical trial. University of Colorado Health conducts hundreds of these “trials” of new treatments or drugs. Participation in a clinical trial may provide those who qualify with access to drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.