Cancerous and noncancerous diseases of the bones can cause pain and limit mobility. An accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms is vital to ensure that you receive the most effective care.
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our bone disease specialists, including the orthopedic oncologists at the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, collaborate to provide comprehensive care for people with bone tumors and other bone diseases. We maximize treatment effectiveness while minimizing side effects, allowing you to maintain the best quality of life possible.
What is Bone Disease?
Strong bones are essential to support your body and mobility. Bone diseases are disorders of bone tissue that can often make your bones more likely to break. Cancerous tumors can start in the bones and spread throughout the body. Benign bone diseases include arthritis, noncancerous tumors, and bone-weakening diseases such as osteoporosis. Early diagnosis of all bone diseases is important to ensure you can start treatment as soon as possible and limit their effects on your bones and well-being.
Bone Diseases & Tumors We Treat
Our bone specialists are experts in treating all types of bone tumors and other bone diseases, including:
- Benign bone tumors such as osteoid osteoma, osteochondroma, chondroblastoma, and bone cysts
- Malignant bone tumors such as osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and chondrosarcoma
- Metastatic bone cancer, which has spread to the bones from cancer in other parts of the body (such as lung and prostate cancers)
- Metabolic bone disorders such as osteoporosis, caused by very low bone density; osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that makes bones very brittle; and Paget's disease, which causes excessive breakdown and regrowth of bone
- Osteonecrosis, a breakdown of bone caused by reduced blood supply to bone tissue
- Rare bone diseases such as fibrodysplasia, a condition that causes the bone to be replaced by non-bone scar tissue and can lead to fracture or pain in some instances.
- Cartilage disorders, including osteoarthritis ("wear and tear" arthritis that happens with age or after injury) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation)
- Bone infections, such as osteomyelitis
Treatments We Offer
NewYork-Presbyterian's bone disease teams customize your treatment to your specific diagnosis and personal needs. Treatments for bone diseases may include:
- Medications, such as bone-building drugs for osteoporosis and other bone-weakening diseases, chemotherapy for bone cancers, pain relievers for osteoarthritis, biologic medications for rheumatoid arthritis, and antibiotics for bone infections
- Surgery for bone tumors, with expertise in limb-sparing operations
- Special surgical procedures to stabilize vertebrae fractured by osteoporosis, such as kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Radiation therapy to treat bone cancers and relieve the pain of bone metastases
Our Bone Disease & Tumor Specialists
NewYork-Presbyterian's bone disease specialists include orthopedic oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, spine surgeons, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, and other experts with the experience and compassion to care for people with benign and malignant bone diseases. Contact us today to make an appointment for a consultation.