Symptoms of Bone Cancer

Symptoms of bone cancer depend on the type of cancer, its location and the size of the tumor. Symptoms develop slowly and may not be present in the early stages of the cancer. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain: This is the most common symptom of bone cancer. Pain may be sporadic at first, and become constant and severe over time.
  • Joint swelling and stiffness: A tumor near or in a joint may cause swelling. The joint may also be stiff and tender, which can reduce range of motion.
  • Fracture: A tumor can weaken the bone, resulting in fractures or breaks. Fracture is usually a symptom of advanced bone cancer.
  • Other symptoms: Additional symptoms of bone cancer may include weight loss, fatigue or anemia.

These symptoms may be caused by primary bone cancer or by other, less serious conditions. Most people with these symptoms do not have cancer. Talk to your physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.