Protect Your Bones During Prostate Cancer: Page 2 of 2

What happens when prostate cancer spreads to the bones and what can be done? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Amanda Prost
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Spotting the signs
Signs that prostate cancer may have spread to the bones include a dull ache with intermittent sharp pain, fractures, and numbness and weakness in your abdomen and legs. For some people, pain is the first symptom, but others don’t have any symptoms at all.

What can be done
While bone mets are usually incurable, early intervention and current treatments can help prevent serious complications and painful fractures and help preserve your quality of life. Work with your doctor to find out what tests you’ll need and how often you’ll need them to keep track of the health of your bones, and to make sure you don’t need any adjustments to your treatment schedule. 

Are your bones in jeopardy?
Cancers of the breast, kidney, lung, prostate and thyroid are more likely to spread to the bones. If you’re at risk, talk to your doctor about the following.  

  • Any bone pain or injuries. Constant dull bone aches with intermittent sharp pain are often the first symptom of metastasis.
  • Bone mineral density testing. Your physician may want to schedule regular DEXA scans to monitor bone loss.
  • Signs of bone metastases.
  • Report any of these symptoms to your doctor immediately. Bone pain, fractures, high calcium levels, numbness and weakness in the abdomen and legs.
January 2013