Helping patients find the bone cancer resources they deserve
How do we help bone cancer patients?
Massive Bio offers an independent cancer treatment analysis as well as free clinical trial matching for bone cancer patients. Our patient advocates work closely with patients and their care team, walking them through every step along the way. They gather information on the patient’s current medical status, and then provide a list of options from available cancer clinical trials close to the patient’s home.
We can also provide a comprehensive case analysis through our Virtual Tumor Board (VTB), comprised of highly specialized oncologists from nationally recognized Cancer Centers of Excellence. In just 7-10 days after receiving medical records, we can get a treatment plan to the patient virtually, with no requirements for travel or use of valuable time.
There are approximately 253 bone cancer clinical trials that are recruiting patients in the United States right now. With such an extensive list, many of them could be beneficial for you. Our team of patient advocates, who are oncology nurses, and our artificial intelligence-based clinical trial matching system will find the best option for you.
With just a few clicks, you can see your clinical trial matches now. Click here to use our advanced clinical trial match tool.
Bone Cancer Facts
Each year, about 3,600 new bone cancer cases are estimated to be diagnosed in the United States. There are three types of bone cancer, which are Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma. The National Cancer Institute estimates the 5-year relative survival rate for bone cancer to be 66%.
Bone Cancer Risk Factors and Symptoms
The risk factors for bone cancer include genetic disorders, such as retinoblastoma, chondrosarcomas, and chordomas. Other risk factors include having Paget disease, exposure to radiation, bone marrow transplantation, and injuries. Bone cancer symptoms can be mistaken for symptoms of other conditions such as injuries or arthritis. If you notice symptoms like these with no cause, talk to your doctor.
- Bone pain
- Swelling and tenderness near the affected area
- Weakened bone, leading to fracture
- Unintended weight loss
Bone Cancer Stages
After bone cancer diagnosis, staging occurs to find out if the cancer has spread throughout the body. Staging bone cancer can help determine the type of treatment that will be used. Bone cancers are staged I through IV using a staging system from the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM system, which focuses on 4 pieces of information:
- Tumor size: How large the cancer is and if it is in more than one location.
- Lymph node spread: If the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
- Metastasis: The spread of the cancer to nearby lungs or other distant sites such as other bones or the liver.
- Grade: How abnormal the cells look under a microscope, which is graded 1 to 3.
Bone cancer treatment will be determined depending on the cancer’s stage and grade, as well as the patient’s medical history, with a cancer care team. To best understand what treatment options are right, there are a few questions that can be asked:
- What kind of bone cancer do I have?
- Has my cancer spread?
- What is the stage of my cancer and what does it mean?
- What are my treatment options?
- What treatment is recommended and why?
- What risks or side effects are associated with the treatment options?
- What is my prognosis?
The common treatment options for bone cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and clinical trials.
Our team of patient advocates can help guide you to treatment options you might not have been previously aware of. Although you might be new to bone cancer, we certainly are not. Navigating cancer patients through the tricky path of finding the best treatment is our goal. No two cancer patients are alike, which is why we find treatment for all of our patients based on their specific genomics, location, stage of cancer, and nearly 100 more data points.