Sarcomas are very rare primary bone cancers that have not spread from cancer somewhere else in the body (e.g. from breast tissue)5. It is more common to see cancer in bone that has spread from another part of the body, however, these types of cancer are best treated like the primary cancer from which they spread5. Although a sarcoma can develop at any age, sarcomas most commonly appear in children and young adults5.
Bone cancers form in the cells that make hard bone tissue. Cancers such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma, which arise in cells produced in bone marrow, are not considered bone cancers, but they do affect the bone and may require orthopaedic management5.
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