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Treatment for bone mets is using the best chemotherapy you can, and using treatments to strengthen the bone to try to further decrease spread of the disease and prevent fracture. For us that meant we added Zometa infusions every 3-4 weeks, and checking vitamin D levels and taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.
Unfortunately, bone mets can sometimes cause pain, so you sometimes need pain medications or radiation treatments. Most doctors will not do radiation for bone mets unless they are in a dangerous place if they spread (ex. near the spinal cord) or if the pain cannot be controlled with pain medications. However, I have noticed some people on this board get radiation for bone mets even if they don't have any symptoms. This is less common.
The goal of treatment is to minimize symptoms (especially pain), prevent
spread, and prevent fracture. Using Zometa and that family of medicines has
been shown to help with all of these. Certainly chemo helps too. For us, my
Mom's bone mets didn't spread during the entire length of her treatment.
Towards the end of her fight, she had a lot of pain from them, a nd
unfortuntely radiation didn't help much. I do wish we had tried radiation
earlier, as soon as the pain started to increase.
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