What is bone cancer?

Primary bone cancer starts in the cells of the bones. This is different from secondary or metastatic bone cancer, which spreads to the bones from elsewhere in the body.

Symptoms of bone cancer

Pain, swelling and problems moving around are the most common symptoms of bone cancer. But the symptoms of bone cancer can vary depending on the size of the cancer and where it is in the body. Find out more.

Getting diagnosed with bone cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to see a specialist. Find out about how to get the most out of seeing a GP or specialist. You can also find out more about the possible tests you might have. 

Risks and causes of bone cancer

We don’t know what causes most bone cancers. But there are some factors that may increase your risk of developing it.

Types of bone cancer

There are several different types of primary bone cancer that can start in the cells of the bones. Find out about the different types. 

Stages and grades of bone cancer

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

Survival for bone cancer

Survival depends on many factors including the stage and type of your cancer. Find our the survival information for bone cancer.

Treatment for bone cancer

You might have a combination of treatments for bone cancer.

Living with bone cancer

Getting practical and emotional support can help you cope with a diagnosis of bone cancer.

Research and clinical trials for bone cancer

All treatments must be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard treatment for everyone.

Last reviewed: 
30 Apr 2024
Next review due: 
30 Apr 2027