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Does bone metastases cause pain and is there anything that can be done?

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For patients with bone metastases, supportive care should include adequate analgesia (typically opioids, with or without an analgesic adjuvant). Also Interventional pain specialists may help relieve pain using procedures such as nerve blocks when opioid analgesics are maximized. Doctors have found that focused ultrasound can be effective in treating palliation of pain resulting from bone metastases.

Treatment and lifestyle changes cannot cure bone metastases, but they can be effective at reducing your risk of bone fractures and enhancing the quality of your life.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Calcium and Bone Health."

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?"

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

The Bone and Cancer Foundation: "Questions and Answers About Breast Cancer, Bone Metastases, & Treatment-Related Bone Loss."

Medscape News: "Effects of a Structured Weight-bearing Exercise Program on Bone Metabolism among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Feasibility Trial."

NIAMS: "Smoking and Bone Health."

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on November 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Calcium and Bone Health."

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?"

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

The Bone and Cancer Foundation: "Questions and Answers About Breast Cancer, Bone Metastases, & Treatment-Related Bone Loss."

Medscape News: "Effects of a Structured Weight-bearing Exercise Program on Bone Metabolism among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Feasibility Trial."

NIAMS: "Smoking and Bone Health."

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on November 10, 2019

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