Listen, as Dr. Templeton explains if bone cancer is contagious.
Bone cancer is not contagious. We don’t know what causes bone cancer, but there isn’t anything at this point that indicates that it’s contagious, and that’s a question that comes up frequently, especially with kids.
When I have children who have bone cancer, we have programs where we go out to talk to their schools, that we have an educator that goes out to work with the children in the school and work with the teachers. Sometimes I go along in those trips. It’s fun to educate the kids so that they understand that their classmate is going to be different when they get back to school, but one of the questions that comes up frequently is, “Can I catch it?” because they hear cancer, especially for younger kids, they are not mature enough to really understand what that means other than it’s something bad, and they are very concerned that it’s something that they can catch.
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.