Bone Cancer: Fatigue, Weight Loss, Pain and Fractures
Approximately 2,300 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed each
year. Primary bone cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the
bones and it makes up less than one percent of all cancers. Not everyone
will experience the same symptoms of bone cancer and often, many people
will not realize they have bone cancer right away.
Bone Pain, Swelling and Tenderness is a Symptom of Bone Cancer
deep consistent pain in the bone that does not get better or go away
over time may be a symptom of bone cancer. The skin around the affected
area may also begin to swell and be tender to the touch.
the pain is more noticeable at night if it’s still persistent. If the
lower extremities contain bone cancer, activities such as walking,
running, jogging of biking can make the pain worsen.
Bone Cancer Weakens Bones Causing Fractures
the cancer grows in the bone it begins to weaken the bone and make it
brittle. Over time the bone structure will grow weaker and be
susceptible to bone fractures. Often, this is the time when a person is
aware of a problem.
Standard X-ray can often identify bone
cancer. If the bone cancer is in the shoulder, pelvic bones or spine
then a Computer Tomography (CT) scan will work best. Magnetic Resonance
Tomography (MRT) scans are useful in assessing the spinal column.
Fatigue and Tiredness Results from Bone Cancer
causes many changes in the body, which can lead to increased fatigue.
Some cancers release cytokines, proteins believed to cause fatigue.
Cancer can also weaken muscles, increase the body’s need for energy and
Pain, emotional upset, lack of sleep and poor
nutrition also play a part in adding to fatigue. Dealing with chronic
pain is a big strain on the body and can result in taking extra energy
to deal with. Likewise, emotional upset also consumes extra energy. If
an individual is not getting the sleep needed or nutrition required to
maintain healthy energy levels, fatigue is often the result.
Bone Cancer Causes Weight Loss
alters the body’s chemistry and can result in feelings of nausea and
fatigue. Appetites may decrease for people suffering from cancer and if
suffering from nausea, eating may not even be an option. Often, people
suffering from cancer are chronically fatigued and may find it hard to
gather up the energy to attempt to eat.
Types of Primary Bone Cancer
information contained in this article is for educational purposes only
and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the
opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his
or her health should contact a doctor for advice.
Mayo Clinic. “Bone Cancer: Symptoms” (accessed September 21, 2010)
National Cancer Institute. “Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers” (accessed September 21, 2010)
Mayo Clinic. “Cancer fatigue: Why it occurs and how to cope” (accessed September 21, 2010)
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