- What is metastasis?
- What are the key statistics about bone metastases?
- What are the risk factors for bone metastases?
- Do we know why cancers metastasize to bones?
- Can bone metastases be prevented?
- Signs and symptoms of bone metastases
- How are bone metastases diagnosed?
- How are bone metastases treated?
- Systemic treatments for bone metastases
- Local treatments for bone metastases
- Pain medicines for bone metastases
- Clinical trials for bone metastases
- Complementary and alternative therapies for bone metastases
- Treating problems caused by bone metastases
- More treatment information about bone metastases
- What should you ask your doctor about bone metastases?
- Other things to consider
- Additional resources for bone metastases
- References: Bone Metastases
What is metastasis?
It is important to have open and honest talks with your doctor. Your doctor and the rest of your cancer care team want to answer all of your questions. You may want to consider asking these questions:
- What treatment options do I have for relieving bone pain or other symptoms?
- What can I do to help prevent broken bones?
- What would we do if a bone breaks?
- Which treatments do you recommend, and why?
- Is the treatment you recommend intended to cure the cancer, help me live longer, or relieve or prevent some of the symptoms of the cancer?
- What side effects are likely with the treatment(s) you recommend, and what can I do to help reduce these side effects?
- How would treatment affect my daily activities?
- Are there clinical trials that may be right for me?
Last Medical Review: 05/03/2012
Last Revised: 05/03/2012