Bone metastasis is cancer that started in another part of the body and spread to the bone. Bone metastasis is not the same as cancer that starts in the bone called primary bone cancer. Bone metastases are much more common than primary bone cancer. Some kinds of cancer are more likely to spread to the bones than others. The most common types of cancer that spread to the bones are: breast prostate lung kidney thyroid. Cancer can spread to any bone in the body.
At the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, treatment of bone metastasis takes place in the clinic where the originating cancer is treated. For example, if prostate cancer has metastasized into the bone, it is treated in the Urologic Oncology Clinic. Call the Cancer AnswerLine at for help finding the clinic you need. The bone is a common site for metastasis. Bone metastasis or "bone mets" occurs when cancer cells from the primary tumor relocate to the bone. Prostate, breast, and lung cancers are most likely to spread to the bone. However, other cancers are not excluded.
Understanding Advanced Cancer, Metastatic Cancer, and Bone Metastasis
What is secondary breast cancer in the bone? Newly diagnosed or worried about a symptom? The bones 5. How is secondary breast cancer in the bone treated? Secondary breast cancer in the bone marrow 7.
When breast cancer cells spread through the lymphatic system or blood vessels, they often take up residence in the bones, resulting in bone tumors, frequently called mets. The bone is a dynamic organ, constantly breaking down, building up and remodeling itself. This healthy cycle of growth is interrupted when cancer cells invade. With time, cancer cells damage the delicate balance between osteoclasts, which are bone cells that break down the bone, and osteoblasts, which are bone cells that build up the bone.