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    DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...

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    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...

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    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...

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    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...

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    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...

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    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...

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    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...


Bone cancer

Humans have more than 200 bones which forms the skeleton of our bodies. The skeleton is there to support our body and allows us to move. It also protects parts of our body, for example the skull bones protect the brain and our rib bones (called rib cage) protect the organs of the chest. A bone cancer is a cancer that starts growing inside a bone, - called a primary bone cancer. If a cancer has started somewhere else in the body and then spread into the bone, it is a secondary cancer and is NOT a bone cancer. This is a very important difference because cancers are treated according to the original cells that exist in the organ where the cancer first started growing. This section relates to cancer that has started in the bone primary bone cancer. If you are looking for information about a cancer that has spread to the bone from another part of the body, you must look in the section for cancer of the body part where the cancer started. Primary bone cancer is very rare and the causes are still unclear although there are known risk factors such as exposure to radiation. There are different types of primary bone cancer with the most common types being osteosarcoma and Ewings sarcomas. There are also other types and please see below if you want to find out more.

To help you find answers to some of your questions, we have linked to Maggie’s CancerLinks where you will find links to high quality information about primary bone cancer. The information on these websites is not written specifically for young people but it is written using simple language in a way that most people will be able to understand. Don’t worry if there are lots of links to different websites. Have a look on the description of the links and very often you will find the information you are searching for on the first website that you look at. If you just want general information about cancer you could read the ‘About cancer’ section on riprap.

Remember that the information on these sites is general. Within each cancer type, there are different variations, different stages, different treatments and people may also respond differently to the same treatments. Each person is an individual and because of this, generic information may not fit the situation you are thinking of. Often your parents or someone else who knows the details can answer your questions best. Also, please feel free to get in touch with us here at riprap. We can help you sorting through information or discuss things you’ve heard or read or anything at all that’s on your mind.

Don’t forget that there are lots of very effective treatments for cancer these days and many cancers can be completely cured. There are also very good treatments to control cancers that cannot be cured and research is going on all the time to find new treatments that can control and cure cancers.

Page updated 13 July 2017