In the early stages, sarcomas can go undetected for long periods of time. Over time, tumors will grow, become sore, and eventually cause pain because the tumor presses against nerves or muscles.
The first symptom of bone cancer is usually pain or tenderness near the cancer. It can be difficult to differentiate bone pain caused by a sarcoma from arthritis or other forms of pain.
Usually, the pain of a sarcoma is fairly constant, even at night. Different positions can make the pain worse. If your pain lasts for more than a week or two and is unlike other pain, you should be evaluated by a physician with experience in orthopaedic cancers.
A fracture may result when the cancer destroys enough bone that the skeleton can no longer support the body.
Suspicious lumps or swollen areas of the body should always be evaluated by a physician, who may conduct a biopsy to determine if the lump is malignant (cancerous) or benign.
Weekly pathology review and tumor conferences are a hallmark of our program, giving you the benefit of a team-based approach to your care.
We work closely with your primary care physicians to provide you with the best care possible from diagnosis through survivorship.