What is bone metastasis?

Sometimes, breast cancer becomes advanced and metastasizes (spreads) to other areas of the body. The bone is the most common site of spread from breast cancer. Bone metastasis can damage the bone, making it more prone to break or collapse, as well as result in bone pain and other side effects that can interfere with your daily activities.

To diagnose bone metastasis, your care team may use a variety of tests, including a bone scan. In a bone scan, a small dose of radioactive material is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream, where it then gathers in the bones and is detected by a scanner through nuclear imaging. Your doctor may also use other tests, such as X-Rays, MRIs and PET/CT scans, to monitor the effects of the metastases over time.

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