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Bone Cancer Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

If bone cancer has touched you or your family, you know how unsettling that initial diagnosis can be.

We’re here to help. University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center are leading the research and re-inventing the treatments that improve and extend bone cancer patients’ lives.

An NCI-designated Center

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Rocky Mountain region, our bone cancer team is made up of some of the top researchers, physicians and support specialists in the country. They have seen all types of bone cancers, from the most common to the least. And they're ready to join you and your family in your fight against cancer.

At the CU Cancer Center, our dedication to a cure for cancer is unwavering. That’s why our 5-year survival rates for many kinds of cancer are up to 30% higher than state, regional and national averages.

To begin your journey with your committed and caring team of bone cancer experts, call us at (720) 848-0300.

Comprehensive Care

At University of Colorado Hospital and the CU Cancer Center, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals will be with you throughout your journey, from your initial appointment and evaluation to treatment and aftercare.

  • Your team is made up of experts from many fields: surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists and counselors. Unlike the caregivers at other cancer treatment facilities, most of the providers you see here specialize specifically in bone cancer treatment, support and rehabilitation. They review your test results, your progress and discuss the best next step in your care with each other as well as with you.
  • All your records, consultations, test results and all the provider notes about you and your treatment are in an electronic medical record, available to all the doctors within the University of Colorado Hospital system who may be called in to help treat you and your condition.
  • You also have access to complementary and alternative medicine through our doctor-led Center for Integrative Medicine. These treatments can be of great help in controlling side effects and, just as importantly, keeping your energy up during the fight.
  • We treat the whole person. That’s why cancer treatment at UCH includes compassionate support and education for you and your entire support network.

Advanced Research & Treatment

As the regional leader in cancer research, treatment and support, we offer specialized care not available anywhere else in Colorado. You get:

  • World-renowned experts in cancer diagnosis and staging, which are the first steps for designing care customized for you.
  • Specially designed facilities for patients that protect and strengthen the immune systems that cancer often weakens.
  • Access to many new treatments, including the latest drugs and vaccines for treating bone cancers, through our involvement in clinical trials.


Diagnostic Imaging

Bone cancer at a glance

Primary bone cancer is rare, making up just 0.2 percent of cancers.

Roughly 2,400 people are diagnosed with cancer of the bones and joints each year.

Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer. It develops in growing bones, and typical affects children and young adults ages 10 to 25.

Chondrosarcoma begins in the cartilage, and is most common after age 50.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is found in the nerve tissue of the bone marrow of young people, often after they’ve been treated for another condition with radiation and chemotherapy.

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