Glossary Term:

Title

bisphosphonates

Phonetic

bis-<b>FAHS</b>-fun-<b>ates</b>

Description

drugs that slow down the action of bone-eating cells called osteoclasts, which helps slow the spread of cancer in the bones. Bisphosphonate drugs are commonly used in breast cancer and multiple myeloma (a type of bone cancer). They are also approved for use in men with prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.