West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled bone cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with bone cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- X-ray: an imaging test used to collect images of the bone. This is usually the first step in diagnosing bone cancer.
- Bone scan: a nuclear imaging test that helps create images that may not be seen on a standard x-ray. Your physician will inject low level radioactive particles into a vein, which helps to determine the presence and location of cancer cells.
- Skeletal survey: a type of imaging that includes a series of x-rays to examine all the bones of the body.
- Biopsy: a procedure where a tissue sample is removed and examined under a microscope.
Your Treatment Plan
Your bone cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Surgery: your physician may recommend surgery to remove the tumor along with nearby and surrounding tissues.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation to treat bone cancer.
- Radiation therapy: often given before surgery, this therapy is frequently used in the treatment of bone cancer in an effort to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.