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My grandmother had cancer in other areas and its been removed. She has cancer also in her bones, how fast does bone cancer spread?

My grandmother had cancer in other areas and its been removed. She has cancer also in her bones, how fast does bone cancer spread?

Likely not from bone: From your question, it sounds like your grandmother has previously had cancer and it was treated. The cancer "also in her bones" is most likely the same cancer. Most likely what is there has spread (metastasized) from her primary site, i.e., the cancer you are talking about is already a product of "spread." While unlikely at her age she has a primary bone cancer, please clarify with her physician. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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How do I know when will I know if the bone cancer has spread?

How do I know when will I know if the bone cancer has spread?

Usually asymptomatic: Generally metastatic disease is asymptomatic without signs or symptoms and will be picked up on surveillance imaging. However, you could have pain at the site of disease spread, fevers, cough and other problems related to the cancer at the specific site or causing an inflammatory reaction in the body. ...Read more

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How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

Cancer type?: Many cancers spread (metastasize) to the lungs. Bone cancer is uncommon in adults. Primary cancers from one area (eg, lungs, breast, prostate) may spread to the bones and lungs, which is a more common scenario. ...Read more

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Could a double mastectomy help stop the spread of bone cancer?

Could a double mastectomy help stop the spread of bone cancer?

No: True bone cancer has nothing to do with the breasts. If you mean breast cancer that has spread to the bone then the cancer has become stage IV and removing the breasts will not help at all and, in fact, the decrease in the immune system from surgery and the recovery period could even make things worse. ...Read more

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Can having a double mastectomy help stop the spread of bone cancer?

Can having a double mastectomy help stop the spread of bone cancer?

No: There is a misunderstanding of some sort here. Breast cancer can spread to the bone, and it may have arisen in someone with a genetic history that led them to have been offered a bilateral mastectomy earlier. Please clarify and someone on here will help. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer, from spread of prostate cancer. Pain in lower body bone, or upper and lower body bone? What would be 1st sign?

Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer that has spread often metastasizes to bones especially backbone. As part of evaluation for high grade prostate cancer, your urologist or oncologist may recommend bone scan to look for evidence of spread before you develop pain. If you're already having bone pain, regardless of site, go see your doc immediately. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bone cancer that has spread to lungs. Would symtoms be severe at this point? Waiting for scan for spine pain, now developing cough, fatgue, worse pain.

It depends: Small lung metastases from osteosarcoma may be asymptomatic. Larger ones may produce a severe cough and shortness of breath. Nowadays we are getting many good results with chemotherapy even when osteosarcoma has spread to the lungs. ...Read more

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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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What causes bone cancer?

What causes bone cancer?

Dumb back luck: You won't find an environmental cause for any bone cancer apart from the rare ones that arise in pre-existing severe Paget's of bone, rare genetic syndromes or an old radiation port. Recently the news showcased what we pathologists have taught for decades -- the vast majority of cancers are the result of random mutations -- truly random. There's no way to prevent. ...Read more

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How is bone cancer treated?

How is bone cancer treated?

Depends on origin: If the cancer is the only site and came from the bone, then surgery is the main treatment. Most commonly its from spread from other cancers to the bone. In this case if their is fracture surgery may be needed, otherwise radiation is used to control pain and symptoms and prevent further destruction of the bone. ...Read more

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How do I check bone cancer?

How do I check bone cancer?

Bone Cancer: Probably with a whole body bone scan, which will show radioactive uptake in abnormal bone lesions. ...Read more

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Can boxing cause bone cancer?

Can boxing cause bone cancer?

No: As a certified ringside physician, I have trained with and worked with many amateur and professional boxers over the last 15 yrs, and thankfully none of them have had bone cancer! Bone fractures yes, but not bone cancer! This does not mean boxers cannot develop bone cancer, but the cancer has nothing to do with the fact that they are boxers. Hope that answers your question! ...Read more

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How dangerous is bone cancer?

Very dangerous: Bone cancer can be very dangerous if left untreated. Depending on the actual type of bone cancer and whether it has spread or not may determine the actual prognosis and treatments needed. ...Read more

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How is bone cancer diagnosed?

Scans, Symptoms: Sometimes pet and bone scan find things otherwise not suspected, but many times a bone hurts, and occasionally, a bone breaks with trivial trauma and is found to be caused by cancer (pathologic fracture). We search for the site of origin to determine treatment. ...Read more

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What are signs of bone cancer?

What are signs of bone cancer?

Bone cancer...: Pain and swelling of the bones affected are common symptoms. Other symptoms include: joint tenderness or inflammation, fractures due to bone weakness, and limited range of motion. Non-specific symptoms like fever, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, and anemia can also be symptoms. ...Read more

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How quickly does bone cancer?

How quickly does bone cancer?

Not a short process: I am not sure what exactly are you asking? How quickly does cancer of bone grow once it starts? How quickly does normal bone undergo cancerous change? Can you clarify? ...Read more

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When was bone cancer discovered?

When was bone cancer discovered?

Morgagni in 1761?: According to the American Cancer Society, the word "cancer" is credited to Hippocrates (460-370 BC). Giovanni Morgagni is credited as the first to use autopsy to diagnose cancer, in 1761. I have no specific in formation on bone cancers, however. There are different types of bone cancer, including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can you be tested for bone cancer?

Can you be tested for bone cancer?

Many different types: There are many different types of bone cancers. There are no good screening tests for vast majority of such tumors. One exception being multiple myeloma for which serum protein electrophoresis and free serum light chain tests provide a decent test. Multiple myeloma usually occurs in persons older than 40 years. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer?

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer?

Swelling: There is usually abnormal growth in any part of the bone and in later stages there might be some pain. Any abnormal growth or swelling should promptly be shown to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you completely treat bone cancer?

Yes: Many varieties of early stage bone cancer can be completely treated. Discuss what stage you have with your physician to determine treatment strategies and expected long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of bone cancer?

Many...: Pain and swelling of the bones affected are common symptoms. Other symptoms include: joint tenderness or inflammation, fractures due to bone weakness, and limited range of motion. Non-specific symptoms like fever, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, and anemia can also be symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I have bone cancer. Thank?

Bone cancer: Pretty rare. What makes you think you have it? ...Read more

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How do you know if you have bone cancer?

How do you know if you have bone cancer?

BIOPSY: X-ray followed by biopsy. If sarcoma is suspected, have biopsy done by oncologic surgeon experienced in sarcoma. If metastatic disease, biopsy may not be essential if presentation is typical. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of bone cancer?

What are the main symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain: Most of the time when we are talking about cancer of the bone it is from metastasis. That is were a cancer from another origin spreads to the bone. Sometimes there is no symptom at all and we find these when we test by bone scan, xray, or ct scans. The most common symptom when it develops is pain from pressure on the periosteum or covering of a bone. Fractures are also possible and cause pain. ...Read more

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What are signs or symptoms of bone cancer?

What are signs or symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain, swelling, mass: The most frequent symptoms of bone cancer are pain at the site of disease often severe enough to wake from sleep, swelling at the area, and a firm mass at the site of disease. ...Read more

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Usually, what are the signs of bone cancer?

Pain and swelling: There are many different types of bone cancer, each with its own signs and symptoms. In general bone cancer may cause pain, local swelling, and fracture. ...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


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