In 2011, an estimated 2,800 people were diagnosed with bone cancer in the United States. Although primary bone cancer accounts for less than 0.2 percent of all cancers, those who are affected need specialized treatment and care.
Norton Cancer Institute is staffed with the only orthopaedic oncologists in Kentucky. Peter Buecker, M.D., and Shawn L. Price, M.D., specialize in the treatment and care of adults and children with malignant and benign conditions of bone and soft tissues and are experts in limb-sparing surgery. They also provide specialized care for patients with metastatic bone cancer and are involved in ongoing clinical research.
Understanding Bone Cancer
There are two types of bone cancer — primary and secondary. Primary bone cancer originates in the bone or tissues joining bones together, such as connective tissue. It is the result of the actual bone and/or tissue cells becoming cancerous. Secondary bone cancer (bone metastases) originates as cancer somewhere else in the body and then spreads to the bones. These cells resemble cells from the cancer's origin and are not actual bone and/or tissue cells that became cancerous.
Although most cancers can spread to the bone, the most common secondary bone cancers include: