David MacVicar and James Crawshaw

in Cancer-related Bone Pain

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ISBN: 9780199215737
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606979 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Opml P


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The primary tumours that are notorious for metastasizing to bone are lung, breast, prostate, kidney and thyroid tumours, although any tumour can spread to bone apart from the primary brain (glial) tumours. Most bone metastases occur in the axial or proximal appendicular skeleton, but they may also occur in peripheral bones such as those of the hands and feet (e.g. lung tumours, melanoma). Bone metastases are typically multiple, although 7–10% are solitary (e.g. lung tumours, kidney tumours). Imaging plays the central role in the detection of bone metastases, and this chapter will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various imaging techniques used to identify such metastases.

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Subjects: Radiation Oncology ; Pain Medicine

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