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Dr. Steven Lietman
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Bone Metastases (Overview)

of a cancer from its site of origin to a bone or multiple bones. This usually occurs due to cancer cells seeding distant locations via the bloodstream.


Dr. Steven Lietman
46 doctors shared insights

Bone Metastases (Overview)

of a cancer from its site of origin to a bone or multiple bones. This usually occurs due to cancer cells seeding distant locations via the bloodstream.


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I've heard different things. What exactly is bone metastases?

I've heard different things. What exactly is bone metastases?

Like termites,: Abnormal cells destroy bone integrity after traveling from the cancer by the blood stream to a new place. When they grow, they can cause bones to collapse, leading to pain and fracture, or expand causing pain. In many tumors, this is characteristic (prostate, myeloma), treatment can be chemical, radiotherapy, and surgery. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Yes: However it depends on the type of cancer, if it is in remission or not ,age of the patient and the type of donor. It also depends on the type of transplant, from self or another donor ...Read more

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Bone cysts versus bone spurs?

Bone  cysts versus bone spurs?

Inside bone/tendons.: Bone cysts r contained inside the bone, any where from simple benign @ malignant and need watching. Spurs r at the edges of the bone as in arthritis, or in response 2 tendinitis where a tendon attaches. As patellar tendinitis or where ligaments attach as in heel spurs ( planter fasciitis). Treatments r different 4 each & multiple 4 each. B followed & rx'd by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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I'm curious. What symptoms go along with bone metastases?

I'm curious. What symptoms go along with bone metastases?

From pain to...: Increased serum calcium causing constipation, drowsiness/somnolence, . To an unexplained fracture. Certain diseases (prostate, breast, lung) very commonly develop bony metastases, . ...Read more

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Does X-ray detect bone metastases?

Does X-ray detect bone metastases?

Not great: X-RAYs are relatively insensitive in the detection of early or small metastatic lesions. Although CT scans are superior, CT scanning is relatively insensitive in showing small lesions, and it has the disadvantage of limited skeletal coverage. Bone scans are very sensitive (they'll pick up everything) but nonspecific (could be just arthritis). MRI and PET scanning are accurate but very expensive. ...Read more

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How bad is bone cancer osteogenic sarcoma?

How bad is bone cancer osteogenic sarcoma?

Treatable: Not too long ago osteogenic sarcoma used to be almost uniformly fatal. But with chemotherapy regimens now available, the majority of patients can be cured. Surgery is also required and in most cases the tumor can be removed while keeping the limb. While it is a very serious cancer, we now have very good treatment options available. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

This depends: The answer depends on many factors. How old is the persone, what other medical problems do they have, when did the breast cancer first occur, what other sites are involved, what are the characteristics of the cancer (estrogen, Progesterone receptors, her2/neu status) and what prior treatments were administered are some of the issues that factor into an answer. ...Read more

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Odds of pet scan missing bone cancer?

Odds of pet scan missing bone cancer?

Yes: Pet measure metabolic activity and yes they miss bone tumour and metastasis if small, not much metabolic activity and bone scan, MRI is better. ...Read more

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Sesmoid bone injury?

Sesmoid bone injury?

Arthritis or fractur: Sesamoiditis is painful inflammation of the sesamoid apparatus, which is located in the forefoot most patients will describe a deep achy and sharp pain in the ball of the foot behind the big toe with every step taken. It will be difficult to perform many weight bearing activities. Most patients do not have pain when at rest. Could be treated by consevatie means. Or surgical means. ...Read more

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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is bone metastases?

Usually: Bone metastases are where cancer from one site (breast, prostate, lung) spreads through the blood and begins to grow in the bone. This can have a characteristic appearance on scans. The way to prove it is cancer is to take a biopsy. However, if cancer has already been diagnosed, bone metastases can be diagnosed by a characteristic bone scan or other radiographic test. ...Read more

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Are bone marrow transplants painful?

Are bone marrow transplants painful?

Side effects: There are many effects which can be unpleasant like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea amd mouth sores. Depending on how the transplant is done the mouth sores can be severe and painful. There can be abdominal pain or bone pain in some patients. ...Read more

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What do doctors search for on X-ray to diagnose bone metastases?

What do doctors search for on X-ray to diagnose bone metastases?

Looking for....: Any abnormalities of the bone. Most specialists are very used to seeing "normal" bone - this makes us very keen on seeing anything that is not normal. Sometimes metastases are obvious and sometimes very subtle. ...Read more

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Can jaw bone grow after bone grafting?

Can jaw bone grow after bone grafting?

Regeneration?: Bone grafting mostly produce a regeneration effect, which meant eestablish a loss bone height (hard to achieve in horizontal defect) or bone width (easily achieved). Your jaw bone growth can only achieved with bmps (bone morphogenetic proteins) and patient should be at young age. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain in scapula, "mass" on mri. Bone spur or bone cancer?

Sorry to hear: This. A scapula is a very odd bone for a primary tumor, and also odd for something traveled to that bone, but it does no get bone spurs. A "mass" needs to be biopsied. However, it is more likely to be from some other place: lung, breast (w), prostate (m)...My last scapular met came from a kidney primary. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bone metastases?

What are the tests for bone metastases?

X-ray,bone scan: Sometimes bone metastases (bone mets) are found before they have a chance to cause any symptoms. When you are found to have cancer, your doctor may order tests (like x-rays or bone scans) to see how far the cancer has spread. This may be done before, during, and after treatment. In other cases, a symptom such as bone pain may be the first sign of bone mets. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy affect bone density?

Will chemotherapy affect bone density?

Maybe: Anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer can lead to decreases in bone density. Steroids, often used to treat cancers, or to control some side-effects of cancer, can also lead to decreased bone density. ...Read more

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How are bone cancer and cancer of the bone marrow different?

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How are bone cancer and cancer of the bone marrow different?

Big difference: Bone cancer is the cancer of bony part of the bone and cancer of the bone marrow is the cancer of blood. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are illdefined osteolytic lesions in bone metastases?

Help please? I want to know what are illdefined osteolytic lesions in bone metastases?

Bone mets: Bone metastases can cause focal areas of bone loss or destruction, called "osteolytic". If they cause a focal bone response of increased density or sclerosis, they are called "osteoblastic". "Ill-defined" means that the borders of the bone met are not clearly visualized, which may imply a faster growing or more aggressive met. Slow growing or indolent lesions tend to develop well defined margin ...Read more

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Is aml cancer cured by getting bone marrow transplant?

Is aml cancer cured by getting bone marrow transplant?

Yes, but...: Depending on the age of the patient and characteristics of aml, a bone marrow transplantation may be warranted in order to cure a patient. However, in some situations, some subtypes can be cured with chemotherapy alone. ...Read more

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What does bone metastases cause?

What does bone metastases cause?

Pain etc: Bony mets can cause bony pain ( depending on the location), fractures, spinal cord compression resulting in significant nerve deficits on extremities/weakness/can develop paralysis etc, suppresion to the blood counts if cancer also involves the bone marrow etc. ...Read more

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Bone cancer prognosis and remission rate?

It depends: There are several cancers that are called bone cancer. To give you an accurate answer i would need to know the type of cancer. Did it start in the bone or is it a cancer that spread to bone? ...Read more

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Breast cancer metastasize to bone cancer what part of the bone mostly occur?

Breast cancer metastasize to bone cancer what part of the bone mostly occur?

Short Bones: Breast cancer can spread to almost any bone, however, most common to short bones such as spine, ribs, pelvis and skull . Many medications has shown to strengthen bone and prevents bone fracture related to cancer spreading to the bone. ...Read more

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My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

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My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

Bony mets: It means that he has a cancer outside the bone that has spread to the bone. Prostate will be the most common cause of bony mets in man- however , other cancers like lung, thyroid, kidney cancers and breast cancer in female are commonly also spread to the bone. Treatment for bone mets will be directed to relieve the symptoms created by the bone mets=pain, fracture, compression, hypercalcemia etc. ...Read more

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Stage 4 prostate cancer bone pain?

Stage 4 prostate cancer bone pain?

Bone pain: When prostate cancer spreads it tends to go to the bone where it can cause pain. Tell your urologist or oncologist about the pain and they can order an x-ray. It can be treated so please don't think it is hopeless. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bone cancer?

Symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain, swelling, mass: Most commonly progressive pain sometimes waking from sleep, swelling, and a palpable mass. ...Read more

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Does bone cancer spread quickly?

Does bone cancer spread quickly?

It can spread quickl: Primary malignancies of bone like osteosarcoma, ewing sarcoma and chondrosarcoma can metastasize most commonly to the lungs and other bones. However, the speed at which this happens truly depends on the underlying biologic aggresiveness of the individual cancer. It is hard nearly impossible to determine the speed of spread with our current understanding and tools available for evaluation. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for bone metastases?

Are there treatment guidelines for bone metastases?

It hard to: Cancer moving to the bone is hard to dicuss in few line, i will provide you with a link could help you.Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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What does bone metastases cause?

Pain etc: Bony mets can cause bony pain ( depending on the location), fractures, spinal cord compression resulting in significant nerve deficits on extremities/weakness/can develop paralysis etc, suppresion to the blood counts if cancer also involves the bone marrow etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bone metastases?

X-ray,bone scan: Sometimes bone metastases (bone mets) are found before they have a chance to cause any symptoms. When you are found to have cancer, your doctor may order tests (like x-rays or bone scans) to see how far the cancer has spread. This may be done before, during, and after treatment. In other cases, a symptom such as bone pain may be the first sign of bone mets. ...Read more

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Is it true not all bone metastases give you pain?

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Is it true not all bone metastases give you pain?

Yes. not always.: Not all bony metastases give you pain- depending on the size and the location. When it gets bigger, pain will manifest and there is significant risk for bone fracture. Therapy for bony metastases wll include- chemotherapy for that particular cancer; palliative radiation to reduce pain/symptoms, some times surgery can be done ( very selected case); and bisphosphonates such as zometa or x-geva. ...Read more

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I'm curious. What symptoms go along with bone metastases?

From pain to...: Increased serum calcium causing constipation, drowsiness/somnolence, . To an unexplained fracture. Certain diseases (prostate, breast, lung) very commonly develop bony metastases, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bone metastases?

What is the definition or description of: Bone metastases?

Dissemination/spread: of a cancer from its site of origin to a bone or multiple bones. This usually occurs due to cancer cells seeding distant locations via the bloodstream. ...Read more

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How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

Depends: It depends on the underlying cancer, progression vs. Response to therapy, age, performance status, and other issues. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more