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Are there any treatment options available for someone diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer?

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Q: Are there any treatment options available for someone diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer?

I’ve been practicing orthopedic oncology for a long time. I’ve seen many patients diagnosed with metastatic cancer to the bone who have been told there are no treatment options available to them, which understandably causes them to become depressed and disengaged in their care. It’s difficult to convince those patients that they may actually have other options.

With all the medical advancements available today, we’re starting to look at metastatic bone cancer as more of a chronic disease state which can be managed for many years. More and more patients can live normal lives, but they may need a second or third opinion to get there.

Some patients with Stage IV metastatic disease to the bone can benefit from orthopedic surgery in a number of ways. Patients can get relief from pain, regain their independence, and improve their quality of life because of procedures like hip or joint replacement, rodding, implants and bone grafting.