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Can I Survive Primary Bone Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?

Survival rates show the percentage of people with a certain type and stage of cancer who survive it for a certain period of time after they are diagnosed. For example, a five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who are alive five years after they are diagnosed. Survival rate statistics include these people:

  • Those who are free of disease (there are no signs of cancer)

  • Those who have few or no signs or symptoms of cancer

  • Those who are being treated for cancer

Many people included in the five-year survival rate live much longer than five years after diagnosis. Also, the statistic is based on people diagnosed and initially treated more than five years ago, so it’s possible that the outlook could be better today. People who are newly diagnosed often have a more favorable outlook because of improvements in treatment.

Survival rates are based on large groups of people. They cannot be used to predict what will happen to one particular person. No two people are exactly alike. Treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly.

What are the survival rates for primary bone cancer?

The chance of recovery for bone cancers has improved in recent years because of new and better treatments. Here are five-year survival rates for some of the more common bone cancers from the American Cancer Society:

  • For all bone and joint cancers combined, the five-year survival rate is about 70 percent. However, this varies by cancer type and stage.

  • For osteosarcomas and Ewing sarcomas that are localized (still in the area where they started), the five-year survival rate is about 60 to 80 percent. If it has spread to distant parts of the body, the five-year survival rate is about 15 to 30 percent. If it has spread only to the lungs, the five-year survival rate in Ewing sarcoma is slightly better. In osteosarcoma, If the cancer has spread to the lungs only, the five-year survival rate is about 40 percent. 

  • For chondrosarcomas, the five-year survival rate is about 80 percent.   



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