My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

Bony mets. It means that he has a cancer outside the bone that has spread to the bone. Prostate will be the most common cause of bony mets in man- however , other cancers like lung, thyroid, kidney cancers and breast cancer in female are commonly also spread to the bone. Treatment for bone mets will be directed to relieve the symptoms created by the bone mets=pain, fracture, compression, hypercalcemia etc.
The cancer traveled. Primary bony cancer is not common, but disease goes to bones from prostate, lungs, breast, colorectal, renal and other sources. Primary bony cancer occur in adolescents (osteo & chondrosarcoma). Myeloma is a disease of antibody producing cell (plasma cell) in the marrow. Bony metastasis usually hurt. Relief: radiotherapy, cryotherapy, sometimes surgery.

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What does bone metastases cause?

Pain etc. Bony mets can cause bony pain ( depending on the location), fractures, spinal cord compression resulting in significant nerve deficits on extremities/weakness/can develop paralysis etc, suppresion to the blood counts if cancer also involves the bone marrow etc. Read more...

Is it true not all bone metastases give you pain?

True. Bone mets can be painful but aren't always. Bone mets can lead to sre -- skeletal related events -- such as pain, fractures, or need for radation/surgery. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva) as well as with radiation therapy or systemic (eg chemo) therapy. Read more...
Yes. not always. Not all bony metastases give you pain- depending on the size and the location. When it gets bigger, pain will manifest and there is significant risk for bone fracture. Therapy for bony metastases wll include- chemotherapy for that particular cancer; palliative radiation to reduce pain/symptoms, some times surgery can be done ( very selected case); and bisphosphonates such as zometa or x-geva. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Bone metastases?

Dissemination/spread. of a cancer from its site of origin to a bone or multiple bones. This usually occurs due to cancer cells seeding distant locations via the bloodstream. Read more...

What's the life span of bone metastases?

It depends. There are 2 factors that are important. One is the type of cancer and the second is the response to treatment. For metastatic breast or prostate cancer to bone that responds to hormone treatment it could be years. For melanoma that is not responsive it could be a few months. Read more...

What are the odds of survival for patients with bone metastases?

Hard to day. Depends on the tumor type and aggressiveness. Some tumors may respond to chemo and radiation for years. Others may be rapidly progressive and spread to other organs like liver and brain. A, "cure" is not in the cards. Read more...

Help please? I want to know what are illdefined osteolytic lesions in bone metastases?

Bone mets. Bone metastases can cause focal areas of bone loss or destruction, called "osteolytic". If they cause a focal bone response of increased density or sclerosis, they are called "osteoblastic". "Ill-defined" means that the borders of the bone met are not clearly visualized, which may imply a faster growing or more aggressive met. Slow growing or indolent lesions tend to develop well defined margin. Read more...

How good is radiation on bone metastases?

Depends. Depends on the primary tumor, you have to trust your oncologist on the right path. Read more...

Are there treatment guidelines for bone metastases?

Bone mets. 3 modalities can be used to treat bony mets. Chemo ( type of chemo will depend on the primary cancer); radiation therapy directed to the most painful area/ of if there is fracture-to relieve symptoms; and surgery -sometimes is utilized for fracture that is caused by cancer- to relieve the symptoms/decompres if there is spinal cord compression. Medications like Reclast (zoledronic acid) or Denosumab are also used. Read more...
It hard to. Cancer moving to the bone is hard to dicuss in few line, i will provide you with a link could help you.Good luck thank you. Read more...