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What is the survival rate for people with bone cancer?

What is the survival rate for people with bone cancer?

Depends: It depends on what type of bone cancer?, ( some cancers are sensitive to chemo, some others are not) , what is the stage of the cancer? Location of the cancer? Resectability and other prognostic factors-like age, overall medical condition of the patient etc. Please discuss with your oncologist in detail. ...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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What's the survival rate for bone cancer?

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 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

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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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Fatherinlaw found out today prostate cancer in glands, bladder, bones, stage 4. What is the survival rate for him, family wondering. thanks?

Fatherinlaw found out today prostate cancer in glands, bladder, bones, stage 4. What is the survival rate for him, family wondering. thanks?

Unfortunately poor: the overall outcome is not good, I would suggest following his physicians lead and make the time remaining as comfortable, enjoyable and as loving as possible. My thoughts are with your family. ...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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My sister-in law was diagnosed with bone cancer (osteogenic sarcoma)? How good is the survival for this?

My sister-in law was diagnosed with bone cancer (osteogenic sarcoma)? How good is the survival for this?

Variable: Most patients with osteogenic sarcomas can be cured and have a normal life span. Chemotherapy and surgery are required. Even in cases where sarcoma had spread, cure can sometimes be achieved. In cases where it cannot be cured, patients may live from weeks to years. Each case is different. Nobody can predict survival of any one patient. We only know statistics for large groups. Good luck! ...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?

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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Bone cancer prognosis and remission rate?

Bone cancer prognosis and remission rate?

It depends: There are several cancers that are called bone cancer. To give you an accurate answer i would need to know the type of cancer. Did it start in the bone or is it a cancer that spread to bone? ...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

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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