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Bone cancer blood supply, X-ray

Bone cancer blood supply, X-ray

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Bone cancer blood supply. Coloured angiogram (blood vessel X-ray) of the thigh bone (femur) showing increased blood supply (red) to an osteosarcoma bone tumour. Osteosarcoma is a cancer that mainly occurs in young people. It causes a painful swelling of the affected bone, usually in long bones such as the femur, tibia (shin bone) & humerus (upper arm bone). It is highly malignant and spreads rapidly, usually to the lungs. Surgical removal of the affected bone is the usual treatment, which may involve amputation of an entire limb. Removal of the tumour alone is sometimes performed, along with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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