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Benign Bone Tumour

Benign bone tumours can occur in any bone and do not have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. However, they may be locally aggressive, and cause damage to local tissues.

For example, a benign bone tumour that is growing and destroying the bone that it arises from, can cause weakening and fracture of that bone.

A benign bone tumour may be asymptomatic and detected incidentally when testing for other health issues. Other symptoms can include pain or a lump in the affected area.

The causes of most benign bone tumours are unknown.

Your Doctor will do a physical examination and take a medical history. They may request some of the following tests:

  • Blood test
  • X-ray
  • CT or MRI scans
  • PET scan
  • Bone biopsy

Your treatment will be specific to your case.

After careful history and physical examination, your surgeon will order appropriate tests, in order to get more information on the tumour, and also to determine if the tumour has spread to other parts of the body.

Sometimes a biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. A biopsy is a sample of tissue, taken from the tumour. This is sent to a pathologist who examines the tissue under a microscope in order to confirm the diagnosis. Your case may also be discussed amongst a team of cancer specialists at an MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) Meeting prior to elaborating a treatment plan.

Your surgeon will discuss your particular treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have at your appointment.

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