Bone Problems from Cancer


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Certain solid tumors, like breast cancer, prostate cancer and others, may spread to your bones if they advance. When this happens, the tumors can make the bone weak and cause damage. For instance, they could cause bone pain or broken bones, or put dangerous pressure on the spinal cord. They could also cause the need for surgery or radiation to try to repair this damage.

Additionally, as the tumors damage the bone, calcium may be released from the bone and travel into the bloodstream. If the levels of calcium in the blood become too high, it can lead to symptoms like nausea, dehydration and changes in mental function. It’s important to note that the chance of these problems, and others, may differ depending on the type of cancer involved. Should bone problems occur, they could cause pain and decrease the quality of your life.

If your cancer has advanced, your doctor may create a plan to help protect your bones. The good news is that medicines are available that can help prevent or delay serious bone problems. If your plan includes medicines, your doctor will talk about possible side effects and the expected benefits.

For best results in protecting your bones from problems, work closely with your cancer healthcare team. Also, ask about patient support resources that are available to help.


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