Bone Metastasis - FAQ

Frequently asked questions

A: Survival rates for people diagnosed with bone metastases vary, depending on the underlying disease and stage of the disease.

Additional factors include your overall health and the type of cancer treatment you had for the primary cancer.

Survival rates depend on the underlying disease (e.g. It is higher in patients with breast cancer than in patients with lung cancer).

A: Bone metastasis can cause bone pain, which is often described as a sharp or dull ache. This pain tends to worsen at night, and may include swelling at the site.

The pain is more likely to come and go in the early stages of cancer, but may become more persistent as the cancer progresses.

A: Treatment may include medications, radiation, or surgery.

In selected patients, treatment of the underlying disease, together with surgery to remove the bone metastasis, may be considered with the intention to cure.

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