- 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?
For more details on treatment options – including some that may not be addressed in this document – the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are good sources of information.
The NCCN develops guidelines for doctors to use when treating patients. The NCCN does not have a specific treatment guideline for bone metastasis. But bone metastasis is discussed as part of several guidelines on various cancer types, and in some of the supportive care guidelines. These are available on the NCCN Web site (www.nccn.org).
The NCI provides treatment guidelines via its cancer information center (1-800-4-CANCER) and its Web site (www.cancer.gov).
Last Medical Review: 05/03/2012
Last Revised: 05/03/2012