Bone cancer

Bone cancer

We are working to develop more detailed content about bone cancer.

In the meantime, you can use the links on this page and the rest of the information on the site to find information and support.

Primary bone cancers are rare cancers that start in bone tissue. They belong to a group of cancers known as sarcomas. Other types of sarcomas, known as soft tissue sarcomas, occur in tissues such as muscle, fat, nerves and blood vessels.

There are about 30 different types of bone cancer. The most common types are:

  • osteosarcoma
  • chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma.
People with bone cancer should have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). See our Canrefer website for a list of sarcoma MDTs in NSW.

Support when you have sarcoma

One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:

  • an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
  • a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
  • a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
  • an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.

You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.

Checklists

Use our checklists to find helpful tips or questions to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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