Working With Your Health Care Team When You Have Primary Bone Cancer
To decide the best course of treatment for you, your health care team needs to know as much as it can about your cancer. Treatment for primary bone cancer is complex. You will work with more than one health care professional.
Your health care team may include one or more of these people:
Orthopedic surgeon. This specialist treats the muscles, tendons, and bones. Most orthopedic surgeons do not treat primary bone tumors. Orthopedic surgeons who do treat primary bone tumors are often called orthopedic oncologists.
This health care team will answer any questions you may have. It will help you through each of the steps you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests are being done. It will also give you the results of those tests. It’ll guide you in making treatment decisions. Other specialists may be added to your health care team as your treatment plan develops.
Because primary bone cancer is rare, you may have to travel to a special center for treatment. Your health care team will help you plan your travel if needed.
Children with a primary bone tumor should see doctors who are experienced in treating children. This may mean going to a children’s hospital or to a pediatric part of a medical center. Adolescents may visit special adolescent cancer units. These units have doctors who can diagnose and treat children and adolescents with cancer. They also have a team of people to help support children and adolescents. This team may include specialist doctors and nurses. It may also include social workers, physical therapists, dietitians, education specialists, and psychologists.