Dr. Templeton explains primary bone cancer.
Primary: whenever you hear “primary,” it means that that is something that actually started in that area. So it didn’t start from somewhere else, and then as you’re referring to bone, it didn’t start somewhere else and spread to the bone, but it actually started off in the bone.
Cancer is a tumor or growth that is malignant. So a primary bone cancer is a cancer that starts off in the bone. They are most common in kids and in teenagers, but occasionally you will see them in older adults. Typically as people get older, if they have bone cancers they are actually more likely to arise in the bone marrow, the stuff that’s inside the bone, or start off in another organ like your lungs or your kidney, get into your bloodstream and go to bone. But occasionally you will see adults with a primary bone cancer, but again, the vast majority you see are in kids.
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.