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Describe the features of metastases to the bone.?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Varies: Bone metastases features can vary. Some are bone "lytic" (moth eaten) such as squamous cell cancers or multiple myeloma. Others are "blastic" such as breast, prostate, etc. Symptoms vary from asymptomatic to painful. Bones may easily (pathologically) fracture. Treatment can include bone directed therapy such as bisphosphonates, xgeva (denosumab), radiation, radio frequency ablation, v-plasty.
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Sclerotic or lyric : When cancer spreads to bone it begins growing there. The cancer can result in a lytic (bone destruction) or sclerotic (deposition of thicker bone). The bone can become weaker and fracture and results in pain. Some areas of involvement may cause these problems while other areas cause no symptoms at all. There are many ways to treat this problem and ways to keep the bone stronger and improve pain.
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