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Metastatic and Benign Bone Disease

What is Metastatic and Benign Bone Disease?

Metastatic cancers most often spread to the skeletal system. There, cancers can cause significant harm to the integrity of the bones, especially the spine and pelvis. Benign bone diseases such as osteoporosis can have a similar effect, substantially lowering the quality of life in metastatic and benign bone disease patients.

Fractures are a significant risk of both metastatic and benign bone diseases due to the weakening of the bones. Not only can fractures cause pain and discomfort, but they can limit mobility and reduce the ability to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Without regular physical activity, you may become at risk of other significant health problems that can increase morbidity.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

Symptoms of metastatic bone disease most often include pain in the weakened areas, such as the spine, pelvis, and extremities. Fractures as a result of minor injury are also a common indicator of metastatic bone disease. Finally, anemia may be associated with metastatic bone disease due to decreased bone marrow in areas that commonly produce the highest levels of red blood cells.

Cancers that most often spread to the bones include breast, lung, prostate, thyroid, ovarian, and melanoma. These types of cancers are risk factors for metastatic bone diseases. The spine is the most common area for metastases, but it may include the pelvis, upper legs, upper arms, ribs, and skull.

Osteoporosis and other benign bone diseases may not produce any symptoms. As with metastatic bone disease, a fracture from a minor injury may be the first indicator that the bones have become weakened. Signs of more advanced osteoporosis typically include changes in natural posture, lower back pain, losing overall height, and shortness of breath.

Benign bone diseases such as osteoporosis are most common in middle-aged people or older – it also impacts women more frequently than men (typically due to low hormone levels seen during menopause). Certain medications can also decrease bone density, putting you at risk of osteoporosis.

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How is Metastatic and Benign Bone Disease Diagnosed?

Bone diseases can often be detected using a CT scan or X-ray. It may detect low bone density or the presence of metastases. A biopsy may be performed to confirm metastatic bone diseases. Once our team has a complete understanding of your bone structure and the presence of any cancers, we’ll discuss your possible treatment options.

Metastatic and Benign Bone Disease Treatment Options

Your treatment options will depend on your unique circumstances. Treatment for metastatic bone diseases typically includes minimally invasive radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and focused external radiation. It may also involve minimally invasive procedures to stabilize the bones and prevent further injuries. Percutaneous ablation, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty are all options offered at South Florida Vascular Associates. Our providers will collaborate with your care team, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and interventional radiologists to determine the best possible treatment plan.

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At South Florida Vascular Associates, our team offers deep knowledge and a comfortable, spa-like experience. To learn more about your treatment options, contact our offices in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL. We serve the greater Southeast Florida area.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner