Primary bone cancer is a rare but highly malignant tumour. It is a difficult cancer for healthcare professionals to identify and can commonly present in a similar manner to other conditions, such as arthritis or growing pains.
For this reason, symptoms are often dismissed and patients can be subjected to lengthy diagnostic delays that can have a negative impact on their prognosis. Being able to recognise primary bone cancer in its early stages and increase the awareness of this cancer amongst healthcare professionals is crucial to positively impact the survival outcomes of patients.
To do so, the Bone Cancer Research Trust is supporting the training of junior doctors by funding week-long placements at a specialist sarcoma centre. As a result of this, it is hoped that more healthcare professionals will be aware of primary bone cancer, and its presentation, earlier on in the tumours progression to aid diagnosis and create a quicker route to treatment for patients.
Learn more about this project:
Hear from Mr Chandrasekar, the lead of this initiative, about why raising awareness of this form of cancer is so important by clicking here.
Read our interview with Dr Tom Oliver, one of the top-scoring junior doctors taking part in this project, on the experience he gained from the National Sarcoma Awareness Project by clicking here.