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My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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