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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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