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A 41-year-old member asked:

what is the main cause of bone cancers?

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Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jananswered
Family Medicine 66 years experience
Very difficult: There is no one known reason for bone cancer. Still needs lot of research.
Dr. Noah Federman
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Multifactorial: We do not know the cause of all malignant bone tumors. Sometimes a defect in a tumor suppressor gene called p53 can be responsible for causing bone cancers. Other things like previous history of high dose radiation to the area can cause a bone cancer.

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How long will I live when the cancer has spread to the bone?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
It can vary.: This depends on the kind of cancer you have. In some, like prostate cancer, or lung cancer, it can be a bad sign, with long term survival highly unlikely. But others, like some sarcomas, can have a high long term suvival, or even a cure (some soft tissue sarcomas).
A 41-year-old member asked:

What type of carcinoma could it possibly be if it's in your bones?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Two types generally: Metastatic tumor and primary bone cancer. Metastatic tumors are much more common, with breast, lung and prostate the most common. A primary bone cancer (osteosarcoma) is the most common, but chondrosarcomas, and even multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) can be seen in the bone. Based on your age, if you have the tumor, a primary osteosarcoma would be more likely.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What happens if you have cancer in the bones?

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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Pain,fracture,blood: When cancer spreads to the bones it may not cause any symptoms or problems. It can also cause bone pain. If it involves enough of the bone or if the bone is weakened enough and supports enough weight then it can lead to pathologic fracture. If the bone marrow is involved then blood counts can b decreased. For most cancers this defines it as stage 4 and requires chemotherapy or comfort care only.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens to you when you have cancer in the bones?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Varies: Cancer in a bone usually comes from another organ. A person may have no symptoms or could experience pain, weakening of the bones with subsequent fractures, or elevation of the calcium causing mental changes and kidney problems. There are drugs available to improve bone health in patients with bone metastases.
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How long can cancer in the bone take to spread?

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It depends: It depends on the type of bone cancer.

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