Bone cancer is relatively rare in the United States. Even so, treating it typically requires surgery. Radiation therapy is not typically indicated except as an adjunct to surgery.
If radiation therapy is warranted, cutting-edge therapies such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) enable physicians to deliver higher and ultra precise doses of radiation to previously unreachable tumors while sparing nearby healthy tissue. For this reason, IMRT/IGRT may be effective in some bone cancers for which radiation therapy previously was not an option.