Dr. Beauchamp explains if a bone tumor is a fatal diagnosis.
There are a number of bone tumors that are fatal, that can be fatal. Those are tumors that are malignant, and even within that category, there’s a whole spectrum of degree of severity of malignancy.
There are tumors that, while they are malignant, which means that they have the capability of spreading to other parts of the body, can be what we call a low grade, slow growing, low potential to spread to other parts of the body, all the way up to the opposite of the scale of a very aggressive threatening, high grade, aggressive type of tumor that carries with it an increased risk of spreading elsewhere in the body, and there’s a whole range of tumors in between.
About Dr. Beauchamp, M.D.:
Dr. Christopher P. Beauchamp, M.D., is an orthopedic surgery and Associate Professor of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He focuses specifically on musculoskeletal oncology, adult reconstructive orthopedics, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, and infected, failed joint arthroplasty.