What Are Orthopedic Tumors?

A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. Tumors can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

The Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology treats many different tumors in your bone or soft tissue.

Soft tissue includes:

  • Blood vessels
  • Connective tissue
  • Fat
  • Ligaments
  • Muscle
  • Nerves
  • Tendons

Types of Tumors

Malignant Bone Tumors

Sarcoma - Cancer of the bone is called sarcoma. This type of cancer starts in the bone itself.

In addition to all types of sarcoma, many carcinomas spread to bone when they metastasize, which can be a significant cause of pain and suffering.

Find out more about the differences between sarcoma and carcinoma.

Benign Bone Tumors


There are hundreds of kinds of benign tumors or tumor-like conditions that may affect your bones.

In most cases, these tumors can be treated efficiently and have little chance of spreading throughout your body.


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