Treating bone cancer in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou
In St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, we provide bone cancer patients with 18 advanced anticancer technologies and high quality services, and we will try our best to help them improve their living quality, relieve their pain and prolong their survival time. The MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) of St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou will make therapeutic plan for bone cancer patients based on their condition. Combining minimally invasive therapies with historic traditional Chinese medicine, bone cancer patients can avoid the suffering of traditional operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Meanwhile, experts will monitor the whole treatment, and adjust timely to improve the efficacy.
What is bone cancer?
Bone cancer is a generic term of malignant bone tumors. Common bone tumors include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, fibrosarcoma and so on. It may originate from bone cells, hematopoietic elements, cartilage, desmoids or synovial ingredients.
Clinically bone cancer is divided to primary bone cancer and secondary bone cancer. Secondary bone cancer is mostly occurring in the pelvis, vertebral column and femurs. Primary malignant bone tumor is rare, and most bone cancers are affected by lesions form other tissues (Such as breast cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer and so on.), namely metastatic bone cancer.
What is the incidence of bone cancer?
The incidence of bone cancer takes up 0.2% in all cancers. Globally, about 2890 cases of bone cancer are firmly diagnosed each year and around 1410 people die of it. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer and it takes up 30% among all bone cancer patients. It gets a higher incidence in teenagers with an age ranges from 10-20 years old, and the ratio between male and female is 2:1.
What are the causes of bone cancer?
The causes of bone cancer are still unclear, but it is thought to be related to chronic mild pain or chronic infection from the past to some extent. Meanwhile, that’s considered to be related to the overgrowth of bones, chronic inflammatory irritation, genetic factor, infections of special virus, problems of bone blood reflux, exposure to radiation and some other risk factors.
What are the symptoms of bone cancer in early stage?
Pathological disfiguration of bones;
Constant and unintelligible back pain;
One or multiple fractures appear in body without obvious inducements;
Numbness of distal limbs cause by tumor depression on the nerves and blood vessels;
A hard lump occurs in the surface of bone, some cases would present pain in this lump while some not;
Fever, weight lose, fatigue and decrease of locomotor activity present;
Constant dull pain or mild pain in bones and joints.
What are the examinations of bone cancer?
Imaging examinations, such as X-ray, CT scans, MRI and so on are some common examinations that can help doctors to evaluate the tumor and other involved tissues or organs.
Bone scan is an approach that injecting slight contrast agent and special camera assembly to detect the lesions. It can show the pictures of bones.
Biopsy is a bone cancer examination applied by taking a small tissue from the tumor for lab tests, which includes:
Needle biopsy, which means the doctor uses a thin needle to get a small tissue from tumor;
Surgical biopsy. Doctor cuts the skin to get the whole tumor or some tumor tissues for lab examinations.
What surgical treatments might be taken for bone cancer?
Surgical treatment is still the main method for treating bone cancer, which includes:
Curettage of the bone, which is to cut off the bone wall and remove the tumor.
Resection, which means to remove the tumor projecting out of the bone from tumor basilar part.
Amputation is to remove the whole segment of bone, namely remove the leg where the tumor is located.
What is the nursing care for bone cancer?
Keep balance of nutrition, have various diets;
Take more fresh vegetables and fruits;
Keep away from smoking, alcohol and irritating foods.
Create a harmonious, comfortable and safe environment so as to offer patients a sense of safety;
Introduce patients related cancer knowledge at proper time to help them fight against cancer confidently;
Family members should take care and support the patients, help them to eliminate negative emotions like loneliness and desperation.
The best treatments for bone cancer
A multidisciplinary team composed of surgeons, pathologists, radiologist, minimally invasive oncologists, nurses for professional cancer nursing and interpreters in the hospital can help to offer the patient a good care program and environment. Oversea expert consultation carries out proper suggestions according to the patient’s symptoms and individual condition. They give treatment plans that are most applicable to the patient.
Besides conventional surgery, chemo and radiotherapy, interventional therapy, targeted therapy and traditional Chinese medicine are also applied in the treatments of bone cancer.
Traditional Chinese medicine can regulate the balance of body and strengthen the body’s resistance to fight against cancer. Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou combines Chinese medicine and other cancer treatments together, which integrate the advantages of both Chinese medicine and western medicine, effectively improve the treatment effect of cancer treatments.
What kinds of supports can be obtained?
Practice proves that the clinic team services composed by multiple disciplines like oncology, pathology, radiation, and anesthesia doctors as well as professional nurses, can not only provide patients with most effective, suitable and economic treatment plan, but also greatly improve the therapeutic effects.
"One station" medical system constructed by Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou is combining multiple disciplines, performing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients without adding their burden. On one hand, it can provide all-round and heartfelt medical services. On the other hand, it improves medical efficiency and level.
Besides, there are many channels that can be applied to conduct the communication between patients and doctors, like online chatting, email, telephone conversation, and face-to-face consultation. All these consultation services can effectively help patients to fight the cancer. The medical team faced by the patients includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, interpreters and so on. They are to meet various demands of the patients in different levels from different countries.