Secondary bone cancer
If you’re affected by secondary bone cancer (bone metastases), you may have many questions about how it is diagnosed, treatment options, side effects and how to stay well. You can find trustworthy information about all aspects of your experience below.
This means the cancer started in another part of the body but has now spread (metastasised) to the bone.
Learn about the common symptoms of secondary bone cancer and when to see your doctor.
Find out about the tests for secondary bone cancer, how it is diagnosed and staged, and who will provide your care.
The aim of treatment for secondary bone cancer is to control or shrink the cancer and relieve symptoms.
People diagnosed with secondary bone cancer can feel well and have long periods of time without symptoms.
- Which bones has the cancer spread to?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- What is the aim of the treatment?
- If I don’t have treatment, what can I expect?
- What is the expected outcome of this cancer?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
- Can I do my normal activities while having this treatment?
- Will I have a lot of bone pain? What will be done about this?
- What can I do to prevent broken bones?
- What will you do if a bone breaks?
- Are there any clinical trials or research studies I can join?
- How can I access palliative care?