When cancer cells spread from the prostate to the bone, it is referred to as bone metastasis from prostate cancer.
Upon reaching the bone, cancer cells begin to interfere with bone health, often leading to bone pain, fractures, and other complications that can significantly affect health and quality of life.
Early detection of bone metastasis can help determine the best treatment strategy and prevent possible complications
How is bone metastasis treated in prostate cancer?
Men with prostate cancer who suffer from bone metastases often experience painful episodes, so most of the treatments are aimed at treating pain and improving the quality of life of these patients. Among the most used treatments, the following stand out:
- Treatment with bisphosphonates. This type of therapy can help prevent some of the complications related to bone metastases such as fractures. Bisphosphonates are drugs that are designed to help restore the balance in bone between growth and bone destruction that is disrupted by bone metastases from prostate cancer.
- External beam radiation therapy. This therapy is commonly used for the treatment of painful bone metastases, and is helpful in preventing fractures.
- Radiopharmaceuticals. They are radioactive isotopes that allow pain reduction in multiple points at the same time.
- Chemotherapy. It can also be very effective in reducing pain and fractures.
In addition to all these treatments, the use of other therapies to reduce color is recommended such as opiates or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, alternative medicines such as acupuncture or yoga, and psychological and social support.
- Prostate and bone cancer
- Prostate cancer with metastases