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Doctor insights on: How Effective Is Radiation For Bone Metastases

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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How effective is radiation therapy on bone metastases?

How effective is radiation therapy on bone metastases?

Very: Radiation is the treatment of choice for bone mets its very effective palliative therapy for cancer with bone mets. ...Read more

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How good is radiation on bone metastases?

Depends: Depends on the primary tumor, you have to trust your oncologist on the right path. ...Read more

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For bone metastases what are the benefits and costs of local infiltration of anesthetic over palliative radiation?

Talk to an expert: Radiation oncologists are experts in the treatment of bone metastases by radiation, and are the best doctors to answer this question for you. If pain is the chief problem, consult a pain specialist. Local infiltration with an anesthetic such as Lidocaine will provide only brief, temporary pain relief and is not a solution. The kind of cancer is important to know before treatment. ...Read more

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For bone metastases what are the pros/cons of local anesthetic over palliative radiation?

? local anesthetic?: Local anesthetic? Can you clarify. For isolated bone mets with pain or impending fracture radiation can be useful. Otherwise, bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). ...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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Is it true not all bone metastases give you pain?

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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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's the life span of bone metastases ?

It depends: There are 2 factors that are important. One is the type of cancer and the second is the response to treatment. For metastatic breast or prostate cancer to bone that responds to hormone treatment it could be years. For melanoma that is not responsive it could be a few months. ...Read more

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What are the odds of survival for patients with bone metastases?

Hard to day.: Depends on the tumor type and aggressiveness. Some tumors may respond to chemo and radiation for years. Others may be rapidly progressive and spread to other organs like liver and brain. A, "cure" is not in the cards. ...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