What are bone cancers? They are malignant tumors that form in the bones and destroy normal bone tissue. They’re also known as sarcoma and musculoskeletal cancer.
How often do they occur? Primary bone cancer is relatively rare, with approximately 2,300 new cases occurring in the United States annually.
Are there different types of bone cancer? Yes, the most common types of bone cancer include:
- the Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors (ESFTs)
What does University of Minnesota Cancer Care offer? Our expert physicians treat a high volume of patients with soft tissue and bone tumors each year. Our multidisciplinary team works with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan. We are continually improving treatment for patients with bone and soft tissue cancers through coordinated advances in laboratory work, clinical research and education.
Our contributions to treating sarcoma cancers are impressive. We were:
- First to develop continuous infusional ifosfamide and paclitaxel for sarcoma,
- First to use Gleevec for gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST),
- Among the first to study liposomal doxorubicin, IGFR antibodies and RANKL antibodies in sarcoma.
Our program is also one of the few in the country offering RANKL antibody chemotherapy treatment for giant-cell bone tumors.