Metastatic Bone Disease (MBD)

Cancer that begins in an organ, such as the lungs, breast, or prostate, and then spreads to bone is called metastatic bone disease (MBD). MBD causes pain in the area of spread, damages and weakens bone, and puts the patient at a greater risk for broken bones. It can make it hard to participate in daily activities. The biggest concern for patients with MBD is the general loss in quality of life. Sometimes, the tumor can completely destroy the bone in a particular area. This type of process is termed osteolytic bone destruction. This type of damage is most common in cancers that have spread to bone from the lung, thyroid, kidney, and colon.

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