How are bone tumors diagnosed?

If a bone tumor is suspected the doctor will do a complete medical examination. This may include a blood test as bone tumors can be associated with increased levels of certain proteins in the blood. The doctor may also recommend X-rays and other scans of the bone(s), if X-rays and scans suggest that a tumor might be present then a biopsy (removal of a sample of tissue) will be performed. A pathologist will then examine the cells to determine whether it is cancerous, and if so what type of cancer it is.