Rare But Incredibly Painful, Bone Cancer

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Bone cancer is a very rare aggressive cancer that makes a considerable amount of pain in the bones of the patients. Bone cancer is a disease that occurs on or inside a bone. In most cases, bone cancer involves a tumor filled with abnormal cells that will usually appear on the exterior of the bone. Similar to other types of cancer, bone cancer causes much pain and can be life-threatening. My mother was diagnosed with primary bone cancer last year and it has been a very long, hard process for her and the whole family. The cause of primary bone cancer is not yet known. Although, one of my mother's doctors suggested to us that genetics performs the most important role in the majority of cases. Also, other risk factors include; previous radiation or chemotherapy, history of Paget’s disease, and also people with hereditary retinoblastoma. In fact, there are five different types of bone cancer that can affect people from ages 10 to 60 years old. Also, bone cancer can occur in any bone in the body from the legs all the way up to the top of the head. Because of the need to kill all of the abnormal cells that are growing on or inside the bone, treatment for this aggressive disease can be very powerful and cause pain. (Cancer.net, 2013)
As stated in www.everydayhealth.com, bone cancer can be incredibly painful. Fortunately, there are many treatment options to ease the pain, including medications, radiation therapy, and an innovative treatment called cryoablation. Why is bone cancer so painful? Bone cancer disrupts normal bone cell activity that is intended to help keep bones strong without becoming too bulky. This disruption in bone cell function can cause a bone to become either too brittle or too thick and overdeveloped...

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...yoablation; doctors send a skinny tube through the skin to the bone cancer tumor. The probe is then used to freeze the cancer cells. My mother is doing very well lately and we all hope that continues through this long hard process. She continues to relieve and reduce the pain by getting weekly massages and acupuncture addition to the pain medication and radiation to shrink the tumors. In addition, other approaches, which reduce her pain, are through relaxation techniques, such as listening to slow music and doing breathing techniques slowly and comfortably. If you or anyone you know that are experiencing any symptoms, you should talk with your family doctor immediately. (American Cancer Society, 2013)

Works Cited

www. Americancancersociety.com, 2014 www.cancer.net/cancer, 2013 www.emedtv.com/bone-cancer, 2013 www.everydayhealth.com, 2014 www.WebMD.com, 2014

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