A return of physical function as early as possible is the primary goal of treatment for patients with metastatic bone disease. Given the poor prognosis and the complexities of treating both primary and secondary tumors, increasing survival and eradicating the tumors are not practical solutions currently. Surgical intervention is an important option to consider for achieving treatment goals, even in appropriate patients with as little as 6-12 weeks of life expectancy. The considerations for surgery include the patient's overall condition, probability for improvement with nonsurgical treatment options, and patient preference.
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Cite this: Maurie Markman. Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Metastatic Bone Disease? - Medscape - May 20, 2019.