[MOL] Lung Cancer Series Part 4 [00257] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Lung Cancer Series Part 4

Bone Metastasis

Bones are common sites for metastasis. Almost all cancers can spread to the bones and some spread more frequently than others:

This is a partial list and almost any cancer can spread to the bones.


Symptoms associated with this condition vary, depending on the extent of bone involvement. Most patients are diagnosed with bone metastasis on a routine work up of the cancer, although they may display no symptoms at all. Others present with an advanced disease, in which case the symptoms are:


A routine x-ray, Bone scan or MRI study can establish the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, treatment should be initiated promptly.


Response to treatment depends on the patient's overall condition and the type and extent of the underlying cancer.