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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 whats 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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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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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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