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Symptoms of bone cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 18, 2015
Quick Bites

  • Pain is frequently present in bone cancer.
  • Swelling is a noticeable symptom.
  • Growing of tumour can be detected by touch.
  • Swelling can occur along with pain.

Symptoms of Bone CancerBone cancer refers to abnormal growth in bone tissues. This is an uncommon type of cancer that is caused by neo-plastic growth of tissue in bones. Bone cancer mostly develops in long bones and weakens the structure of the bones. Experts are of the opinion that most bone cancer patients do not notice any symptoms. The symptoms of bone cancer may remain unnoticed for weeks, months and even years all together. Some of the symptoms of bone cancer include:

Bone cancer symptoms


Similar to any other kind of cancer, the growing tumour can be detected by touch. The cyst or tumour will be of a small pea size and could be felt in the pain-affected area. This tumour is mostly accompanied by pain but in some cases it is just a painless mass that may go unnoticed.


Pain in effected bones is frequently present in bone cancer. In the initial stage, only slight pain is present which is experienced while running and walking. However, in the later stages it becomes more persistent and nagging.A person with bone cancer will have nagging and deep pain in the long bones that cannot be connected to any physical injury or known sickness. At times the pain can lead to insomnia.

Even though, pain is one of the common symptoms of bone cancer but it is not experienced by all the patients of bone cancer.

Bone cancer symptoms


Another noticeable symptoms of bone cancer is swelling. However, this symptom may not occur along with pain. In some cases of bone cancer it takes several weeks for the swelling to take place.

Bone cancer exhausts the organ and makes it difficult to function properly. The bones of children with this cancer become extremely fragile and feel tender. For instance, even a minor fall can lead to a fracture.

Other symptoms of bone cancer

In its later stages, the tumour starts producing calcium salt which gets into the bloodstream. Increased calcium level in blood can cause vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain in a person suffering from the disease.

Non specific symptoms such as unintentional weight loss, nausea, chills, fever, increased fatigue and anaemia can also be indicative symptoms of bone cancer.

Bone becomes delicate and prone to fracture. A little trauma or simply standing on the affected bone leads to fracture. This occurs in both the benign as well as malignant tumours. Benign tumour spreads locally and affects the surrounding muscles.

Tumour also affects the surrounding areas and can cause pain, numbness or tingling in nerves.

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Read more on Bone Cancer Signs and Symptoms.

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  • Sandip Karmakar03 Oct 2012

    suffering from.. lower back pain weight loss 1kg in a month. feeling weak regularly.. b black stool... not sound sleep at night. cough feeling something is clogged in the inner part of my neck all the time. plz help me

  • sagar04 Sep 2012

    thanq for the information

  • hrithik04 Sep 2012

    thanq for inform us the symptoms of Bone Cancer and how wiil its work.

  • PJ25 Apr 2012

    I had breast cancer stageIIB with micrometastses in the sentinel node. My Oncotype score was 50. I had chemo and tried unsuccessfully to take estrogen suppressors. I am nearly 3 years out. I have really bad pain in my ankle- but it isn't totally consistent. Could this be a recurrence? I had a Pet Scan from head to hip six months ago. They didn't see anything, but that was six months ago. Is this pain possibly cancer? I am 165 pounds ad 5'5" I need to lose weight--could this be the issue?

  • prashanth18 Nov 2011

    What r the advance stage of bone cancer.Is there any hospitals around hyderabad,andhra pradesh,india. for this cancer what r the main symptons for it?

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