How bone mets are treated

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Health Monitor Staff
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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.

Radiation
You might be a candidate if…
Bone mets are causing pain.    

How it works: Radiation is aimed at tumors to relieve pain, halt or slow tumor growth and treat spinal cord compression.

Radio-pharmaceuticals
You might be a candidate if…
You have abnormal bone growth.    

How it works: These drugs are injected and travel to the tumor, where they emit radiation that kills cancer cells and halts tumor growth.

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