Bone cancer develops in the skeletal system, destroys tissue, and can spread to distant organs, such as the lungs. Treatment options for bone cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, cryosurgery, and targeted therapy. Surgery is the usual treatment for bone cancer.
The outlook for a person with malignant bone cancer depends mainly on whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
A person with the cancer that has not spread has a 91 per cent chance of surviving for five years after diagnosis. However, if the cancer spreads to distant sites, the five-year survival rate reduces to 33 per cent.
The risk that bone cancer will recur is higher within the first five years after treatment. If it does recur, treatment is likely to include a mix of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The approximate cost of chemotherapy for bone cancer treatment in India is USD 450.