The earliest symptoms of bone cancer include swelling and pain in the area affected by the cancer, notes the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Joint swelling, stiffness and limping are additional symptoms. Less commonly, people with bone cancer experience weight loss, anemia, fever and a general feeling of being unwell.
The pain associated with bone cancer may come and go initially and become steady and more severe as the disease progresses, notes the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The pain may worsen with movement. Tumors occurring near or in joints may cause joint swelling, stiffness and tenderness, all of which may limit the patient’s range of movement. Nearby soft tissue may also swell, causing pain.