Cancers Affecting the Bone
What can be done to prevent the disease?
There is no way to prevent primary bone cancer. Early detection and treatment of other cancers can help prevent bone metastasis. Cancer detection methods are designed to diagnose cancers before they can spread to the bone. These methods include:
colorectal cancer screening
rectal exams and PSA blood tests
routine physical exams
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
Osteosarcoma and other primary bone cancers are fatal if they are not effectively treated. In bone metastasis, cancer has spread to the bone from another part of the body. This means that the primary cancer is at an advanced stage. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain and keeping the cancer from spreading further. It may not be possible to cure the cancer at that point.
What are the risks to others?
Cancers affecting the bone are not contagious and pose no risk to others.