Dr. Templeton explains if all bones are capable of acquiring bone cancer.
All bones can be affected by bone cancer. Which bones are affected depends on what type of bone cancer you are talking about. If you are looking at a secondary bone cancer, or a metastasis, or a tumor that is a cancer that has spread from an organ, the most common place to see that is in the spine, but then you can see it in the shoulders and in the hips. It usually doesn’t go below the elbow or the knee, but it can.
If you are looking at a primary bone cancer, or a cancer that starts off in the bone, that can show up in any bone. It is less likely to in the hand or the feet, but certainly you can still see them there. You typically see them in the larger bones, such as in the pelvis or in the arms or legs, above the wrists, and above the ankles.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.