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What is the life expectancy of a person with multiple bone metastases from prostate cancer?

What is the life expectancy of a person with multiple bone metastases from prostate cancer?

Can be years: These patients can survive years, depending on if they don't have other organ involvement also if they are responsive to hormone treatment. ...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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How long can you live with multiple bone metastases from cancer?

How long can you live with multiple bone metastases from cancer?

Depends: What type of cancer? How aggressive is the tumor? How responsive to chemo & radiation therapy? Is there liver involvement? Any mets to the brain? Could be months, years, decades. Ain't over til it's over! (yogi berra). ...Read more

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What does the pain from bone metastases feel like what other symptoms are there and any specific to metastases from breast cancer?

What does the pain from bone metastases feel like what other symptoms are there and any specific to metastases from breast cancer?

Persistent, progress: Pain from bone metastases is typically persistent and tends to get worse with time. Other symptoms may be in the form of fatigue and sometimes weight loss due to progressive cancer. ...Read more

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My aunt is recently diagnosed with secondary bone metastases from breast cancer, which sounds really bad?

My aunt is recently diagnosed with secondary bone metastases from breast cancer, which sounds really bad?

Treatable, incurable: I am sorry for your aunt. When the cancer has spread to other area beyond the primary organ-i.e.Breast- it is called stage iv. It is incurable, however treatable and there are many treatment options available-which will depend on the er/pr and her2neu status of the cancer. Bisphosphonates such as zometa or xgeva (denosumab) are available to decrease risk for fracture. Radiation tx is available to reduce pain. ...Read more

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Advanced prostate cancer with bone metastasis prognosis?

Advanced prostate cancer with bone metastasis prognosis?

Bone mets: If hormone refractory then months

if still hormone sensitive maybe years. ...Read more

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Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Many: The first line of treatment for this is androgen deprivation. In addition, there are medicines which reduce the risk of fractures with Denosumab showing the most efficacy compared to zoledronic acid, however with some risk of significant side effects. For more extensive disease, a newer IV radium therapy has shown improved survival. Localized radiation can be effective for painful foci. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis prostate cancer with metastasis in the bones?

What is the prognosis prostate cancer with metastasis in the bones?

Poor: Metastatic prostate cancer, like other disseminated cancers has poor prognosis. However quality of life can be improved through proper pain managment and hormonal/chemo/radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Dad is 68, recently diagnosed with advaced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use?

Surgical vs medical: There are 2 ways to address this.
Surgical castration with bilateral orchiectomy is a good option with a one time surgery and good relief.
Medical castration ie combined androgen blockade is done with Casodex and Lupron (leuprolide) (expensive and need to be given at periodic intervals. Talk to your oncologist and see how your father wishes to proceed. Palliative radiation is a good option for bone pain. ...Read more

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My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80, for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention ...Read more

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My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

Orchiectomy OK but: The standard of care is an lhrh agonist (such as lupron, zoladex) injection combined with a drug taken by mouth called casodex. The Casodex should be used for a minimum of 1 month and then can be stopped. The advantage is that these injections can be as little as once every 6 months. Alternatively, a drug called Firmagon (degarelix) (an lhrh antagonist) can be given monthly without the casodex. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for patients with prostate cancer that has metastised to the bones?

Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer with bone metastasis with current therapies available most patients can survive 2 to 3 years on an average. Some of them can go on to 5 years (20%) chance. It is not a curative situation so treatments are considered palliative. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy with prostate cancer that has metastise to the bones be?

Advanced Cancer: Once prostate cancer has spread to the bones, the prognosis becomes poorer. Treatment revolves around suppressing growth by decreasing testosterone. This hormone deprivation, however, only helps for a little while. Eventually the disease will progress. Other treatments are possible, but all in all only 1/3 men in this situation survive 5 years. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 65 year old with metastic prostate cancer in the bones lungs and liver. The doctors have stopped all cancer treatmen?

What is the life expectancy for a 65 year old with metastic prostate cancer in the bones lungs and liver. The doctors have stopped all cancer treatmen?

Radical Remission: Is the name of a book by Kelly Turner. She investigated the cases of people who had dire prognoses and yet lived long beyond them. It might be worth a read for the situation you mention. Peace and good health. ...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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How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

Depends: It depends on the underlying cancer, progression vs. Response to therapy, age, performance status, and other issues.
Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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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Tumor in 2012, but a year later, our doctor found it had diffuse bone metastases. What now?

Chemo may help: Mosty lesions that spread to bone have a poor prognosis. This is true of lung cancer, melanoma and colon. Other lesions to bone such as renal cell ca or breast cancer while probably not cureable have known long term survivals on chemo. ...Read more

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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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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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Does X-ray detect bone metastases?

Does X-ray detect bone metastases?

Not great: X-RAYs are relatively insensitive in the detection of early or small metastatic lesions. Although CT scans are superior, CT scanning is relatively insensitive in showing small lesions, and it has the disadvantage of limited skeletal coverage. Bone scans are very sensitive (they'll pick up everything) but nonspecific (could be just arthritis). MRI and PET scanning are accurate but very expensive. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...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