- How is bone cancer treated?
- Surgery for bone cancer
- Radiation therapy for bone cancer
- Chemotherapy for bone cancer
- Targeted therapy for bone cancer
- Clinical trials for bone cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for bone cancer
- Treating specific bone cancers
- More treatment information about bone cancer
How is bone cancer treated?
General treatment information
- An orthopedic surgeon: a doctor who uses surgery to treat bone and joint problems
- An orthopedic oncologist: an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in treating cancer of the bones and joints
- A radiation oncologist: a doctor who uses radiation to treat cancer
- A medical oncologist: a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer
Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well, including nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and other health professionals.
The main types of treatment for bone cancer are:
Often, more than one type of treatment is used. For information about some of the most common approaches used based on the extent of the disease, see the section “Treating specific bone cancers.”
It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if there is anything you’re not sure about. You can find some good questions to ask in the section, “What should you ask your doctor about bone cancer?”
Last Medical Review: 03/21/2014
Last Revised: 01/07/2015