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what will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually incurable: With a few exceptions, when a cancer goes into the bones it is incurable. A person may still live many years with proper treatment.
Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Pain, risk of fract.: Cancer which has spread to the bones can cause pain, and lead to fracture of the bone. Depending on the type of cancer and many other factors, it may be treated with hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or injection of a radioactive element to radiate the tumor from the inside (example:radium 232).

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What is the most fragile bone in the body?

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Dr. Charles Southerland
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pinky toe: Although it may not be structurally the most "fragile" bone in the body, the most often broken bone in the body is the 5th (or pinky) toe. In some sports, like sailing, the pinky toe is broken in 50% of athletes who are involved in the sport for more than 2 years.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Proof of cell: Phone link not yet in, microwaves are relatively safe, but radiation is in the electromagnetic spectrum and is a clear cause, and u-v light is part of the spectrum causing skin cancers. All seem to demonstrate direct links to dose and time of exposure. X-rays seem to have no threshold, but very low doses are very unliklely to lead to individual harm, but to a population, a small number will.
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How come there are so many new drugs but we cannot find the cure for cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Cancer is not: One disease, or one genetic chnge, but many. Drugs are poisons with side effects, and tumors are smart enought to learn to resist. Single genetic mutations are cured with miracle drugs. Many drugs now hope to keep cancers at bay and allow you to live with the cancer rather than obliterating it. The most fearsome of cancers is glioblastoma (brain tumors) and pancreas cancer. Few baby steps only.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How is bone lengthening accomplished?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Simple steps: Cut the bone all the way. Insert distraction system on the bone to include above and below and start distract the bone every day about 1 millimeter up to tell you the length you want.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What bone disease do older people tend to get?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Several: Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, paget's disease.

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