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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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