Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Metastatic Bone Disease?

Maurie Markman, MD


May 20, 2019

Figure 1. Imaging of metastatic bone disease showing multiple metastases to the shoulder, ribs, pelvis, humerus, femur and spinal vertebrae.

The most common location for metastatic bone disease is the spine, regardless of the primary tumor location. The pelvis, ribs, and proximal limbs, respectively, are the next most common locations of bone metastases. Life expectancy varies depending on the location of the primary tumor type, but because patients with spinal metastases typically have a short life expectancy (between 6 and 24 months), the prompt initiation of treatment is critical.

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