[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:

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:


Diagnosis:

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


Treatment:

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