What is bone cancer?

Bone cancer starts inside the bones. Find out who gets bone cancer, where it starts and how common it is.


Cancer that starts in your bone (primary bone cancer) can cause symptoms. Find out about these and when to see your doctor.

Risks and causes

Find out about the risk factors of bone cancer.

Types of bone cancer

There are different types of cancer that start in the bone, including Ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma.

Stages and grades

The stage tells you about the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. The grade of a cancer tells you how much the cancer cells look like normal cells. 


Find out about survival for bone cancer.

Getting diagnosed

Find out about seeing your GP, referral to a specialist, and the tests you might have for bone cancer.


Get more information on treating bone cancer. You might have a combination of more than one type of treatment.

Living with bone cancer

Read about life after surgery for primary bone cancer, and how getting practical and emotional support can help you cope with a diagnosis of cancer. Also find details of other organisations that can help.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research, clinical trials and how you can take part.

Last reviewed: 
11 Jan 2020
Next review due: 
11 Jan 2023

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Coronavirus and cancer

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