Recently we ran a post on some of the updates on soft tissue sarcoma research, so we thought we would follow up with a similar post on bone cancer. This information is summarized from the American Cancer Society.
Denosumab is a drug used to treat osteoporosis and cancer that has spread to the bone. The results of a study show that it may be a treatment option for giant cell tumors of the bone that have spread or cannot be surgically removed.
Targeted therapy is different that traditional chemo because these treatments pursue specific proteins and genes in cancer cells. It is currently being studied by doctors whether adding targeted therapy to standard chemo will increase it’s effectiveness.
Another update is that radiation is being studied as another way to treat bone cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, “studies are being done to compare proton beam radiation with carbon ion radiation in treating chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base.”
Article: Last Medical Review: 12/05/2012
Last Revised: 01/24/2013
Please note this is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation with a qualified health professional.