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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What is the stage 4 bone cancer life expectancy?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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Is it possible for someone with stage 4 bone cancer to have a clear pet scan?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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Can somebody with stage 4 bone cancer have a clear pet scan?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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Lung liver and bone cancer life expectancy?

Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
7 years in practice
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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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Dr. Amy Deeken
Board Certified, Pathology
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My mother is anemic and has stage 4 bone cancer what does that mean?

Dr. Amy Deeken
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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What is the average life expectancy with metastatic bone cancer?

Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What is the life expectancy for bone cancer that is not spread with no chemo or radiation?

Dr. Rhett Griggs
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
14 years in practice
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Variable: Depends on the cancer and it'd characteristics...What bone cancer are you talking about? ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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How can I expect mom's stage 4 metastatic bone cancer to develop? Besides the lung, it is in her bones. Will it stay in the bones, or move to organs?

Dr. Brian Lawenda
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How can I expect mom's stage 4 metastatic bone cancer to develop? Besides the lung, it is in her bones. Will it stay in the bones, or move to organs?

Depends: Once cancer has spread beyond the lung, it can go to any tissue in the body (bones, brain, liver are the most common.). ...Read more

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
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Will gleevec help my sister who has stage 3 breast cancer that has now gone into bone cancer stage 4?

Dr. Raymundo Romero
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Will gleevec 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. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Roberto
Board Certified, Family Medicine
31 years in practice
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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

Dr. Janet Roberto
Board Certified, Family Medicine
31 years in practice
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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

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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