Bone cancers are considered rare, but they do tend to be diagnosed in children and young adults at higher rates than other age groups. There are several types of bone cancers that start as tumors in the bone and cartilage tissue and then can spread. These include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, ewing sarcoma, and chordoma. According to the National Cancer Institute, researchers have identified several causes of bone cancers (previous cancer treatments, genetics, and other diseases). Though traditional cancer treatments can be effective at treating bone cancers, once cancer has metastasized long-term survivability drops significantly.
Cancer Center at Illinois researchers have led groundbreaking studies on this disease with the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine that may transform the treatment of this disease.