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Read about the possible options for treatment of secondary bone cancer
You might be offered hormonal therapy if you have prostate cancer or breast cancer that has spread to your bones
Targeted therapies are mainly used for kidney cancer that's spread, but could be offered to you if your primary cancer was somewhere else
Secondary cancer in the bones is common in the spine
Bisphosphonates might be used to prevent or treat secondary cancer in the bones
Secondary cancer in the bone can cause calcium to be released by the bones into the blood, called hypercalcaemia
You might be offered other treatments, including radiofrequency ablation or embolisation
Radiotherapy is the most common treatment for secondary bone cancer
You might be offered chemotherapy, depending on where in your body the cancer started
Surgery can be used to remove cancer, or to strengthen weakened bones
Pain is a common symptom of secondary cancer in the bones, but treatments can help
Denosumab might be used to reduce bone breakdown
If your bone marrow is affected there are options to help any symptoms
Research is going on to find new and better treatments for secondary cancer in the bone
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