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How long will I live when the cancer has spread to the bone?

How long will I live when the cancer has spread to the bone?

It can vary.: This depends on the kind of cancer you have. In some, like prostate cancer, or lung cancer, it can be a bad sign, with long term survival highly unlikely. But others, like some sarcomas, can have a high long term suvival, or even a cure (some soft tissue sarcomas). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Can someone tell me how long will a patient live when the cancer has spread to the bone?

Can someone tell me how long will a patient live when the cancer has spread to the bone?

Depends on a some: Factors:1: it varies due to the type of the primary tumor, its location, where (besides the bone) has it spread to, eg, lungs or brain; how aggressive chemo/radiation therapy is given to him, his general condition, any other medical conditions he has; how he tolerates them? A cure is out of question, but with some cancers he may live a long time. Discuss it with your oncologist for a better idea. ...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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My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

Stage 4 lung cancer: If he is not on any treatment, not very long, measured in weeks to months. If he is already on treatment, how long depends on whether he had any response to a treatment. If the chemo gave him some relief for 6 months or more, then that is better than if he received chemo and relapsed in less than 2 months. ...Read more

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My father diagnosed with prostate cancer he is having the hormonal treatment. He is 78, dr. Say it's localized in the prostate and litlle spot in the bone around, is that means it spread and no hope or he have the chance to live longer

My father diagnosed with prostate cancer he is having the hormonal treatment. He is 78, dr. Say it's localized in the prostate and litlle spot in the bone around, is that means it spread and no hope or he have the chance to live longer

Yes there is hope!: The information shared suggests he has stage IV prostate cancer and androgen blockade is appropriate. His outlook depends on his other health issues and not just his prostate cancer.

Cheer up and enjoy his company. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Depends on a number: Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

Few months: Depends on how extensive brain mets are. Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months. ...Read more

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My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

Not too long: Sorry to say not too long but in my view life and death is not in our hand so we all should appreciate life and live as we are going to die tomorrow by enjoying everything in life and plan as if we are going to live for ever
as far your sister concern try to take advantage of the few time left and enjoy with her life as long as she still here with us ...Read more

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What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

Very difficult: Bile duct cancers behave in a similar fashion to pancreatic cancer. When localized to the common duct and resected, the patient has a chance, especially post RT with gemcitabine. When the tumor spreads to bone I'm not sure that combo chemo with any of the available monoclonal can demonstrate any effect on survival. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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Does bone pain with lymphoma mean that the cancer spread to the bone marrow?

Does bone pain with lymphoma mean that the cancer spread to the bone marrow?

No: Many causes for bone pain. Could be related to high uric acid. May be from ancillary medication (Neupogen or neulasta) or many other possibilities. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate once prostate cancer has spread to lymph nodes and bones?

What is the survival rate once prostate cancer has spread to lymph nodes and bones?

6 years on average: Metastatic prostate cancer responds to hormone therapy for almost 18 months. Once the cancer is hormone refractory the median survival is 6 years. ...Read more

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My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

Kidney cancer: Your mother, unfortunately, appears to have metstatic spread of her kidney cancer. The best person to ask about her survival is her urologist or her oncologist. They would be able to give a much more informed prognosis than any one else. ...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 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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How long is someone with bone cancer expected to live?

Cancer that has: Metastasized to bones commonly indicates that the disease cannot be cured, but survival depnds more on the source of primary. Those from breast or prostate can be quite lone --years even, but lung, kidney, melanoma is quite short. ...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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Do I have bone cancer if lumpy for a couple of years or longer?

Do I have bone cancer if lumpy for a couple of years or longer?

Restate question: Bone cancer is an unusual cancer and you probably don't have it. What do you mean by "lumpy for a couple of years"? What is lumpy? ...Read more

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How can I control cancer spread to bones, lungs & liver?

How can I control cancer spread to bones, lungs & liver?

Control primary: Few primary lesions that are not long standing will spread to multiple organs. Melanoma once past the local site will grow in all organs. Most others go to one site such as liver and can only grow at that site. Even chemo is not that effective at multiple sites. If not too advanced, metastatic foci are removed ...Read more

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Breast cancer that spreads to the bones? What should I do?

See your oncologist: There are many treatments depening on your condition and disease markers.
Do not wait. ...Read more

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If paget's breast cancer spreads to the bones, then does that person have paget's bone disease?

Two different things: Paget's disease of the breast is a particular type of breast cancer that starts under the nipple. Most are very treatable, but like any other breast cancer - advanced cases may metastasize. Paget's disease of the bone is a chronic problem that is not realted to cancer. ...Read more

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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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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

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