How bone mets are treated

In addition to chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy, your doctor may consider these options to treat bone metastases:

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Bisphosphonates
You might be a candidate if…
Your bones are thinning.

How they work: Bisphosphonates approved to treat bone mets help build up bone to reduce pain and fracture risk.

Denosumab
You might be a candidate if…
Your bones are thinning.

How it works: Denosumab helps to prevent fractures by inhibiting a protein that leads to excessive bone breakdown.

Immunotherapy
You might be a candidate if…
Your bones are thinning.

How it works: Immunotherapy helps doctors bolster a patient’s immune system so it’s able to more effectively kill cancer cells.

Surgery
You might be a candidate if…
You have a fracture.

How it works: If a bone has broken or is in danger of breaking, doctors can stabilize it by inserting screws, rods or pins or by injecting cement into bones or collapsed vertebrae to strengthen them.   

Published
November 2014