Bone tumours are rare and the best thing about them is that most of the times they are benign or non cancerous in nature. Benign bone tumours do not spread to other body parts like cancerous bone tumours. Bone tumours are mostly found in people who are less than 30 years in age. Most bone tumours are seen in children during their growing age. Benign tumors can occur in any bone of the body. Some types of tumors are most common in specific locations such as the spine or near long bones.
Some common types of benign bone tumors that are seen and treated by Dr J S Virk at Punjab hospital are:
Giant Cell Tumour (GCT)
Although benign tumours do not spread to other parts of body but they can be aggressive in nature. Some bone tumours if not treated in time can destroy the bone they have originated from.
Most of the symptoms of benign bone tumours are similar to that of a cancerous bone tumour. Hence it is very important to see a bone tumour specialist as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:
A lump in any bone
Continuous pain which increases in intensity on movement
Weakness in the limb along with pain
The problem with bone tumours is that most of the time they get neglected as normal pain in the limb. Benign bone tumour cases are either incidental findings or are noticed after a fracture occurs due to weakened bone.
Diagnosis of benign bone tumours can be done through one or combination of following tests:
X-ray is the basic investigation that shows the tumour. For further detailed analysis of the tumour the bone tumour surgeon may advise MRI scan and in some cases biopsy as well.
Treatment for benign tumour depends upon their size, nature and type. There might be the case where no immediate treatment may be needed. Some bening bone tumours heal on their own after the fracture or after the bones stop growing.
However there are bone tumours that need surgery. A bone tumour surgery needs lot of skills and hence it is a specific field where a general cancer surgeon also doesn’t want to operate upon. Surgery for the benign bone tumours is done with an aim to remove the tumour and complete the deficit in the bone caused due to removal of the bone tumour.
Dr Jagandeep Singh Virk performs the bone tumour removal surgery along with the reconstruction surgery in the same sitting. The reconstruction part is done using either a bone graft or a prosthetic implant. Patient needs to stay in the hospital for about 3 to 5 days. Cost of the surgery varies with the type of reconstruction done.
Dr. JS Virk is one of the few Orthopaedic Onco Surgeons in India. After specializing in Orthopaedics, Dr Virk has done fellowships in Onco Surgery from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi and in Reconstructive Surgery from Singapore General Hospital.
Dr. Virk has specialized in Limb Salvage Surgery for Bone Cancer Patients. Dr. JS Virk is currently working as Bone Cancer Surgeon at Paras Cancer Institute, Panchkula, Punjab. Dr Virk is a member of the Cancer Team which includes Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Nuclear Medicine Physicians and Surgical Oncologists. Paras Cancer Institute has the most advanced facilities in the form of Linear Accelerator, Fully equipped Modular Operation Theatres, Cryotherapy and Chemotherapy.
Bone Cancer is a rare form of cancer but so are the bone cancer specialists. Very few orthopaedic surgeons choose to go in the field of Ortho Onco Surgery. Dr. JS Virk is of the few Ortho Onco Surgeons in India.
Lots of patients who are suspected to have any form of cancer are kept hanging in suspense due to the delays in testing and receiving the reports of the tests. This causes inexcusable delay in the commencement of the treatment.