Bone Metastases | Osseous Metastatic Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Aug 24, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for bone metastases?

You should consult an orthopedic doctor.

2. What is the prognosis for bone metastases?

The prognosis for bone metastases is unfavorable as most types of metastatic cancer cannot be cured with current treatments. The goal of these treatments is to stop or slow the growth of the cancer and relieve symptoms caused by it.

3. What is the survival rate for metastatic cancer?

Most patients with metastatic bone disease survive for six to forty eight months.

4. Can cancer that has metastasized be cured?

Once cancer spreads, it is hard to control. Most types of metastatic cancer cannot be cured with current treatments.

5. When should we visit the doctor?

It is best to visit the doctor when there is recurrent bone pain or fractures.

6. What is the difference between primary bone cancer and bone metastasis?

Cancers that start in the bone are called primary bone cancers. Bone metastasis is when cancer starts in a different part of the body but takes hold in the bone.

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