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Dr. William Hartsell
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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.


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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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Dr. William Hartsell
45 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'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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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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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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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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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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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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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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

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