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What is the stage 4 bone cancer life expectancy?

What is the stage 4 bone cancer life expectancy?

Depends on a lot of: Factors, like the bone involved, type of cancer, treatments so far received, and where has it spread, whether the treatments are working or not.
Your oncologist and his team (like the radiologist) might be able to give your more precise answers, as they'll have explanations for all these factors.
Good luck. ...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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Lung liver and bone cancer life expectancy?

Unclear question: Did you mean cancer with metastatic disease to lung, liver and bone? What is the primary cancer (from which organ the initial cancer cell originated)? Either way widely metastatic disease has poor dismal prognosis with short life expectancy - so its important to figure out what's the primary as different cancer usually respond to therapy differently. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy with metastatic bone cancer?

What is the average life expectancy with metastatic bone cancer?

It varies.: This can vary from type to type of bone cancer. Ewing's sarcoma has a good prognosis, even with metastasis, as 25-40% can be cured with high dose chemo. And stem cell transplant. Chondrosarcoma has an indolent course and is resistant to chemo., and is treated by surgery. Osteosarcoma metastasizes to the lung and can still have long term survival if these are resected. ...Read more

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What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

Difficult to say: Without the type of cancer and past or ongoing treatments but unfortunately if it has metastasized there is a very poor prognosis and would be thinking in terms of months. Best to ask this question of your doctor. ...Read more

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Can somebody with stage 4 bone cancer have a clear pet scan?

Can somebody with stage 4 bone cancer have a clear pet scan?

Yes: No test is 100% sensitive, especially if the metastases are small. That said, PETs are quite good in staging many kinds of cancers. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with stage 4 bone cancer to have a clear pet scan?

Is it possible for someone with stage 4 bone cancer to have a clear pet scan?

Yes: No scan or test is 100% accurate so it is possible. One of my patients had a very hot lung mass on pet and yet none of his metastasis showed on the test. ...Read more

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My mother is anemic and has stage 4 bone cancer what does that mean?

My mother is anemic and has stage 4 bone cancer what does that mean?

See below: The level of cells carrying oxygen in the blood is low. In stage 4. Carcinoma there can be several causes. If she is taking chemotherapy to treat the cancer, it can be a side effect of the drugs. If the bone cancer is extensive, the cancer can replace the bone marrow which normally produces blood cells. In which case there is decreased production of blood cells due to cancer. ...Read more

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Will gleevec (imatinib) help my sister who has stage 3 breast cancer that has now gone into bone cancer stage 4?

Will gleevec (imatinib) help my sister who has stage 3 breast cancer that has now gone into bone cancer stage 4?

NOT STANDARD OF CARE: Gleevec is indicated for gist and cml. In breast cancer it has been looked at in preclinical studies and phase ii studies. Although it has been suggested that Gleevec might help in bone metastasis by inhibiting osteoblast activity I would only use it under a clinical trial. For bone metastasis there are 2 meds that help prevent complications: zometa & xgeva (denosumab). Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I am confused. My father in law has stage IV lung & bone cancer. The doctors say it is advanced and has months to live, however he look & eats well?

I am confused. My father in law has stage IV lung & bone cancer. The doctors say it is advanced and has months to live, however he look & eats well?

Lung cancer symptoms: Stage IV lung cancer usually means the tumor travelled to other organs or beyond the lymph nodes. Symptoms vary depending on the structures it invades. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

Mets of Breast cance: It depends on treatment so far...This is not a good prognosis. It is all about managing quality of life and options. No one knows of course, life expectancy but in my opinion quality of life is MOST important ...Read more

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What food is best suited for a stage four bone cancer patient?

What food is best suited for a stage four bone cancer patient?

Comfort: A person with stage IV cancer is not likely to be cured of the cancer and should eat whatever makes her/him feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Are there any affordable treatments that could cure bone cancer stage four?

Maybe/hard to say.: Most of these are resistant to chemotherapy, so often surgery is done, with good results. Both of these are expensive, but chemotherapy may be more so, and many cycles may be needed. So you may be getting a less expensive treatment. Ewing's sarcoma can be cured with high dose therapy and bone marrow transplant, it really depends on what your cancer is and what works, and what your plan covers. ...Read more

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How long do you live when you have. Stage four. Bone. Cancer. And. Doctor. Say nothing else they can do?

See your MD: I recognize the seriousness of your question, my best recommendation is that you get another medical opinion from a major teaching institution which specializes in the type of cancer you have. You may be in touch with the national institutes of health, cancer division. You may able to try an experimental protocol--i hope and pray you will be successful! ...Read more

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My wife has s/4 bone cancer for 2 yrs, just pain control now. How much time does she have and how will the cancer progress what can we expect to happen from now on

My wife has s/4 bone cancer for 2 yrs, just pain control now. How much time does she have and how will the cancer progress what can we expect to happen from now on

I: I am sorry to here about your wife, I understand your pain and concern. The original starting place of the cancer is needed to better answer your question. With some cancers, e.g. Breast, I have seen patients go as long as 10 years from the time the first bone spot is detected. (my own mother got 6 years of quality time with chemotherapy and radiation treatments 26 years ago). If she is seeing a modern radiation oncologist, spot treatment to painful sites and other pain management techniques might help her be more comfortable. I wish you both strength and personal piece of mind. ...Read more

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4 mm any stage is this serious bone cancer?

4 mm any stage is this serious bone cancer?

Cancer Staging: Every variety of cancer has a unique ajcc staging system, known as the "tmn" system. The "t" part includes the size of the primary tumor. You did not specify whether you meant a primary tumor, such as breast, colon, or lung, that has metastasized to a bone, or you really meant a primary bone tumor. If the former, the cancer is a stage 4 lesion - serious. If the latter, it depends. Need more info. ...Read more

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How common is primary bone cancer in a 23yo female?

How common is primary bone cancer in a 23yo female?

Has been seen: Primary bone cancers in young adults, age 23, is not common, about 2, 000 cases being diagnosed each year and occur most often in the long bones of the arms and legs.. Osteosarcoma is the most common, making up 35 percent of bone cancer cases. This cancer affects primarily children and young adults between the ages of ten and 25 Chondrosarcomas make up 26 per%. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bone cancer usually detected?

Can you tell me how is bone cancer usually detected?

Bone pain: The two most common forms of bone cancer are osteogenic Sarcoma of bone and Chondrosarcoma. In the latter case there is frequently an exophytic bone lesion. In the former, osteogenic sarcoma produces a lytic lesion of the bone in relatively young patients which cause pain due to an expanding lesion and fracture due to thinning of cortex of the bone. ...Read more

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How much more time does a person have if bone cancer?

How much more time does a person have if bone cancer?

Could be Years: As dr. Singh explained, there are too many variables that are unknown in order to answer this question. However, if the bone is the only site of spread and if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, one can almost consider bony metastasis as a chronic illness--controllable but not curable--with which one may live for years. ...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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Which are things that people do that will affect bone cancer?

Surgery, RT or meds: There two type of bone cancer, primary and metastatic. The primary lesions ie osteogenic Sa, chondroSa or Ewings sarcoma are treated by surgery and chemo. Metastatic lesions such as breast and prostate to bone receive hormone therapy for control while the more aggressive lesions like lung Ca to bone are given chemo but with a poor response. RT used for bone pain. Checkpoint inhibitors can help ...Read more

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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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Can you please explain why bone cancer is so common in children?

Can you please explain why bone cancer is so common in children?

Actually is is rare: The number of children diagnosed with cancer per year is approximately 125 per million children aged 0-15 years.

The 2 most common bone cancers, osteosarcoma and ewing sarcoma, account for 5% of that number, or approximately 6.3 of those cancer types per 1 million children. ...Read more

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How early can bone cancer be diagnosed? What are early symptoms?

How early can bone cancer be diagnosed? What are early symptoms?

Vary with type of ca: Some bone cancers cause pain and swelling, others may be silent in the early stages. There are too many different types of bone cancers to provide one answer to the question. ...Read more

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How to ease the pain of bone cancer without pills to relieve pain?

Percutaneous ablatio: Dependent on where the tumor is, how many sites it is in and what it is it is sometimes possible to treat them with ablation technology. This would use either cold or heat delivered through probes placed with ct guidance. Sometimes re-enforcement at the site is needed and this is done with with what is called bone cement. This is all done percutaneously (through the skin) and not with big incision. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have primary bone cancer, can you still donate organs?

No: Cancer patients can not be good organ donors as their body organs often have cancer cells floating around.. ...Read more

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I have been told I have bone cancer and it is benign? Should I go back to the dotor?

I have been told I have bone cancer and it is benign? Should I go back to the dotor?

???: There may be some misunderstanding in the communication. Cancer is alwasys malignant, anything benign should not be called cancer. Please clarify with you doctor. Yes there can be benign bone lesions that can be observed. But even for low grade bone cancer, treatment usually is indicated. ...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


Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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