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Giant Cell Tumor of Bone

AAOS Fact sheet Giant cell tumor of bone (GCT) is a rare, aggressive non-cancerous (benign) tumor. It generally occurs in adults aged 20 to 40. GCT is very rarely seen in children or in adults over age 65. Giant cell tumors are named for the way they look under the microscope-many "giant cells" are seen. They are formed by fusion of several individual cells into a single, larger complex. Many bone tumors and other conditions (including normal bone) contain giant cells; GCT is given its characteristic appearance by the constant finding of a large number of these cells existing in a typical background. Most bone tumors occur in the flared portion near the ends of long bone (metaphysis), but GCT occurs almost exclusively in the end portion of long bones next to the joints (epiphysis). In rare cases, this tumor may spread to the lungs. Robert Quinn, MD (n) Author Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery & Director of Orthopedic Oncology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine J. Sybil Biermann, MD (*) Physician Reviewer Associate Professor, University of Michigan Department of Orthopaedics, Ann Arbor MI Nancy Fehr (*) Medical Editor Patient education specialist, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Limb Salvage

Definition Limb salvage surgery is a type of surgery primarily performed to remove bone and soft-tissue cancers occurring in limbs in order to avoid amputation. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Mesothelioma Prognosis

Unlike past medicine’s discouragement of physical activity during treatment, today’s doctors recognize its beneficial impact on patients, even those suffering from serious diseases like mesothelioma. Many mesothelioma patients today enjoy an improved quality of life and survival rate by maintaining a healthy exercise regimen.

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Metastatic Tumors In Bone

rovides an overview, facts and stastistics related to metastatic bone cancer. Includes links to breast, lung and kidney cancer sites because these cancers are most likely to metastasize to the bone. Includes treatment goals.

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Types of Spinal Tumors

There are three common types of spinal tumors that can cause back pain; vertebral column tumors, intradural-extramedullary tumors, and intramedullary tumors.

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Uncameral Bone Cyst

Description A unicameral (simple) bone cyst is a cavity found within a bone that is filled with straw colored fluid. It is a benign condition (non-cancerous). Unicameral bone cysts (UBC) are usually found in patients younger than 20 years of age. UBCs occur in one bone, in one location. The location of the cysts tends to be in the upper arm (proximal humerus) or thighbone (proximal femur). Less common locations include the pelvis, ankle (talus) or heel (calcaneus). AAOS Patient Information

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Bonetumor.org

A complete on-line bone tumor resource. Includes information on tumors by name and surgical procedures.

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General Information about Clinical Trials

Fact sheet on what clincial trials are and the types of clinical trials.

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Sarcoma.Net

Sarcoma.Net was founded to help patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals access sarcoma-specific information that will be understandable, useful, fair, and unbiased.

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What is Sarcoma

Brief descriptions of different kinds of sarcomas, including bone cancers

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