Metastatic bone disease (MBD) occurs when cancer at a primary organ site spreads to a skeletal site. Because the lifespan of patients with bone metastases is limited, treatment and management focus on improving and maintaining the patient's quality of life by controlling pain, slowing the growth of or shrinking metastases, and restoring and maintaining ambulatory and neurologic function. Thankfully, newer medical and therapeutic interventions for MBD allow patients to remain more active and live longer.
Treatment and management of patients with MBD require an interdisciplinary approach, comprising a team of medical oncologists, pain management specialists, radiation therapists, interventional radiologists, endocrinologists, orthopedic surgeons, and psychologists. Orthopedic surgeons are a critical part of the cancer care team; their diagnostic expertise helps to preserve function, independence, and decrease pain of patients with MBD.
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Cite this: Maurie Markman. Fast Five Quiz: Metastatic Bone Disease Management - Medscape - Mar 27, 2019.