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Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Yes: Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis). Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers. ...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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How does radiation relieve pain in bone cancer patients? Once an area is treated, will pain later reoccur in that location, or will it stay pain free?

How does radiation relieve pain in bone cancer patients? Once an area is treated, will pain later reoccur in that location, or will it stay pain free?

Tumors can: Destroy the internal "marrow spaces" and even the hard surfaces. Bones have an innervated periosteum, sac around the bone, and it is the sretching that causes pain. Radiation is used to kill the cancer, and allow normal healing of a fracture caused by the tumor. It usually is sufficient. Sometimes internal fixation (an operation) may be part of treatment. ...Read more

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Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

CEA: The declining of the cancer marker here tells you that you respond quite well to the radiation and chemotherapy that you received. Btw, what is the primary cancer? ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed with bone cancer. He suffered severe pain his last days. He just passed away right after a radiation therapy can this be the cause?

My dad was diagnosed with bone cancer. He suffered severe pain his last days. He just passed away right after a radiation therapy can this be the cause?

Not likely: Unfortunately for patients whose cancer has spread to the bone, the outlook as far as survival is usually not good. Radiation therapy for this is usually to relieve pain but the result may not be seen for a week or two and the pain relief is usually very good. My condolences on your loss. ...Read more

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Analysis ca, CEA was 1500 before chemotherapy and 20glesa radiation and now after 3 sessions became 1007 is this good mother has bone cancer secondary?

Analysis ca, CEA was 1500 before chemotherapy and 20glesa radiation and now after 3 sessions became 1007 is this good mother has bone cancer secondary?

Bone secondary: Dear the tumor markers are bad marker to assess disease progression or follow up since you get decreasing levels with more speard and increasing levels with good response even the american oncology society does not stress on them
her symptoms are the best follow up tool to assess response. ...Read more

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What is the danger of having too many CT scans? I'm concerned about the radiation. I've had 3 CT scans within one year. I have heard that people have died of bone cancer caused by too many xrays. Is this the same?

What is the danger of having too many CT scans? I'm concerned about the radiation. I've had 3 CT scans within one year. I have heard that people have died of bone cancer caused by too many xrays. Is this the same?

Too small to measure: Pilots get an extra 3 mSV yearly and radiation workers up to an extra 20 mSV yearly. This is cumulative. A common CT scan delivers may be 3, a very sick person who needs chest and abdomen with and without contrasts gets 40. No one has been able to measure any increased cancer risk in pilots or radiation workers. I'd stop worrying. If you need the scan, don't hesitate. ...Read more

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A 77 yr old man lung, brain and hip bone cancer, responded to chemo&radiation...Now has lymph node cancer next to heart. Survivable?

A 77 yr old man lung, brain and hip bone cancer, responded to chemo&radiation...Now has lymph node cancer next to heart. Survivable?

What are you asking?: I am going to assume that the history is of a primary lung cancer metastatic to the brain and hip, with a good result from radiation and chemotherapy. This is not uncommon and I would not be surprised if it buys 5 or more good years, though ultimate it will be fatal. A lymphoma appearing in the mediastinum would need to be managed by an oncologist and may also respond well. Patient must decide. ...Read more

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Bone inside butt left right painful + lower back bone pain. What are my chances of bone cancer? 61yrs of age. Prostate cancer radition 2yrs ago. Psa. 35

Bone inside butt left right painful + lower back bone pain. What are my chances of bone cancer? 61yrs of age. Prostate cancer radition 2yrs ago. Psa. 35

Small but definite -: Chance with your hx of prostate cancer.
See your orthopod to get investigated. I am sure your oncologist must be following you if its only been 2 yrs since you had radiation.
I am sure he (she) can also tell you.
Prostate cancers are generally amenable to radiation treatments and pts do very well.
So check with your rad, oncologist ; an orthopod, as early DX means early treatment.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bone cancer?

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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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?

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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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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What are the symptoms of bone cancer?

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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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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

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What are the signs of possible bone cancer?

What are the signs of possible bone cancer?

Pain most often: Most primary and secondary bone tumors present with pain. Some can present as painless enlargement/swelling of a limb or joint. On occasion a bone tumor can be silent until there is enough weakness in the bone for a fracture to occur. ...Read more

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What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

Rare: Primary bone cancer is rare. It accounts for much less than 1 percent of all cancers. About 2, 300 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. ...Read more

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What should be the medicines for bone cancer?

It depends: If this is a primary bone cancer then there is many different agents (chemotherapy and targeted therapy) that can be used depending on the type of cancer (osteosarcoma vs chondrosarcoma...Etc). If this is metastatic cancer then we usually use xgeva (denosumab) or zometa to decrease bone related pain and skeletal related events (like pathologic fractures). I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What kinds of symptoms are signs of bone cancer?

What kinds of symptoms are signs of bone cancer?

Last I checked: There are 206 bones in the human. Curiously, bone metastasis affect skull and central skeleton & proximal appendicular. Each bony site is different. Pain is common, fracture of weight bearing bones. Some cause abnormal increased blood calcium. Cancer starting in bones is very rare (osteo- chondro- sarcoma). Usually in young adults. ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be completely cured of bone cancer?

Is it possible to be completely cured of bone cancer?

Yes: It is possible to be completely cured of bone cancer. Depending on the type of bone cancer and its stage, a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy may be used. ...Read more

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What happens when you have bone cancer and a bone breaks?

What happens when you have bone cancer and a bone breaks?

Hurts like heck!: No joke. A pathological fracture is a very serious, hard to treat situation that often leads to immobility or death. It often needs surgery and radiotherapy for management. That's why it's vital to prevent fractures and deal with bone metastases before the bone breaks. Bisphosphonates (bone meds), radiation, and even preventative surgery can be considered depending on the situation. ...Read more

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Is there cure for bone cancer..

It depends: Cure depends on the tumor type (type of primary bone cancer versus metastatic cancer). Isolated primary bone cancer like osteosarcoma could be cured using multimodality team of experienced oncologist and surgeon. If bone cancer is secondary/metastatic then treatment is focused on symptoms and preventing fractures using medications like zelandroic acid and Denosumab and radiation for pain relief. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for bone cancer?

Some types are: Curable depending on the stage of the tumor at the time of diagnosis. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are the usual treatments. There are many different types of bone cancers and each has different behavior and cure rate. Consult this site for more info.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/bone. ...Read more

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How does bone cancer kill a person?

Invasion: Cancer will kill you if the cancer cells invade healthy tissue/organs and impair their function. With "bone cancer", this can occur by affecting blood cell production in the bone, or the cancer can metastasize to other organs and cause organ failiure. ...Read more

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What's the survival rate for bone cancer?

Primary bone tumor: Is osteo, chondro - curable with surgery, and ewings needing chemo rt for most. Other bone tumors are metastatic and not curable, but very treatable. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of prostate-bone cancer?

Few common ones: Pain, elevated calcium with it's resultant problems, brittle bones in spine needing cementing to minimize chance of compression fracture.
Need to consider Denosumab or bisphosphonate treatment. ...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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