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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is bone metastases?

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Dr. Nancy Mckinney
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually

Bone metastases are where cancer from one site (breast, prostate, lung) spreads through the blood and begins to grow in the bone.
This can have a characteristic appearance on scans. The way to prove it is cancer is to take a biopsy. However, if cancer has already been diagnosed, bone metastases can be diagnosed by a characteristic bone scan or other radiographic test.

In brief: Usually

Bone metastases are where cancer from one site (breast, prostate, lung) spreads through the blood and begins to grow in the bone.
This can have a characteristic appearance on scans. The way to prove it is cancer is to take a biopsy. However, if cancer has already been diagnosed, bone metastases can be diagnosed by a characteristic bone scan or other radiographic test.
Dr. Nancy Mckinney
Dr. Nancy Mckinney
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Sometimes

In many cases, it is not necessary because there is established progressed cancer and this is another manifestation, but if there is one lesion, no prior record of metastasis, it is quite reasonable to biopsy to prove metastasis.

In brief: Sometimes

In many cases, it is not necessary because there is established progressed cancer and this is another manifestation, but if there is one lesion, no prior record of metastasis, it is quite reasonable to biopsy to prove metastasis.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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