Bone is the third most common location where cancer cells metastasize after liver and lung.
Once cancer has spread to bone it rarely can be cured. Doctors treat the disease to slow its growth and focus on controlling the symptoms of the disease.
Facts About Bone Metastasis
Symptoms of Bone Cancer
Pain affects 70% of patients with bone metastases.
Pain may occur with weight bearing or at rest.
Bone loss from tumor can result in fracture. 10-30% of patient’s with bone metastasis will experience a fracture.
Tumors within the vertebrae can cause spinal cord compression resulting in numbness or weakness.
Imaging Exams for Detecting Bone Metastasis:
Treatments for Bone Metastasis
Standard therapies for bone metastases include medical, surgical, radiation and interventional treatments. Ultimately, a combination of these therapies will likely be employed to treat the disease as well as the pain related to the tumors.
Surgery: Metastatic disease to bone is usually treated with surgery in the case of recent or impending pathologic fracture.
For primary bone cancer the goal of surgery is usually to remove the entire tumor and a surrounding area of normal bone.
Medical Treatments for Bone Metastasis:
Various treatments are administered by interventional radiologists to treat painful bone metastasis. These treatments are usually performed as outpatient procedures with short recovery time.
Minimally invasive therapies incude:
Stabilization: Bone tumors can cause the bones to become weak resulting in pain or fracture with weight bearing.
At RIA Endovascular our goal is to get you the right treatment for your particular condition. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Let’s discuss your options together.