Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

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

The symptoms of bone cancer will vary, depending on the size of the cancer and where it is in the body.

Primary bone cancer is very rare. It is much more likely that some other problem is causing your symptoms. But it's important to get any symptoms checked out by your GP. 

Cancer can also spread to your bones from somewhere else. This is called secondary or metastatic bone cancer. The signs and symptoms of secondary bone cancer may be different.

Common symptoms


You might have an area that is painful or tender. It might be painful when you are resting. The pain is often worse when you're in bed at night.

You could have pain that travels along a nerve giving you pain in a different part of your body to where the tumour is. This is called referred pain.


You can't always feel or see a lump. You might have some swelling.

Problems moving around

You might feel it is more difficult for you to move around. You might be walking with a limp.

Less common symptoms

Feeling tired (fatigue)

You might feel more tired than normal, even if you're getting a good nights sleep.

A high temperature (fever)

You might have a high temperature or feel feverish. You might be having sweats.

A weakened bone

You might have a weakened bone that breaks. This is called a pathological fracture. This is very rare.

Weight loss

You might lose weight even if you haven't changed your diet.

If you have any of these symptoms, you must get checked out by your GP. The symptoms of bone cancer can be caused by other medical conditions. The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely treatment is to be successful. So go to your GP as soon as possible.

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