Also known as: musculoskeletal tumors, benign musculo-skeletal tumors, malignant musculo-skeletal tumors
What are musculo-skeletal tumors?
A musculo-skeletal tumor refers to any abnormal mass or growth in the body that impacts the bones or muscle tissue. It encompasses a wide range of tumors that can occur almost anywhere in the body. These tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
What causes musculo-skeletal tumors?
The precise cause of musculo-skeletal tumors is not entirely clear. It appears that genetic mutations and environmental exposures, such as those related to exposure to chemotherapy and radiation, may play a role.
What are the symptoms of musculo-skeletal tumors?
Pain, bone fractures, loss of mobility, swelling, weight loss and fever are all potential symptoms of musculo-skeletal tumors. Over time, malignant musculo-skeletal tumors can have more serious, life-threatening consequences if not treated.
What are musculo-skeletal tumor care options?
In many cases, the tumor will need to be removed surgically. This is often the case whether it’s benign or malignant. In the case of a malignant tumor, radiation and chemotherapy may be needed to rid the body of cancer.
Reviewed by: Michael Tidwell, MD
This page was last updated on: March 20, 2019 04:11 PM