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diagnosed with spine mets but know nothing about this

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Re: diagnosed with spine mets but know nothing about this

Hello Mermaid1971,

Thanks for posting. It’s understandable that you want to know more about what a diagnosis of spine mets entails and how not knowing feels terrifying for you.

Spine mets (metastases) is when cancer cells have spread to the bone in the spine from a primary tumour (where the cancer started), elsewhere in the body. This is also called a secondary cancer.

It is not clear from your post if you have a diagnosis of breast cancer. However, the bone is the most common site that breast cancer can spread to and the spine is one of the most commonly affected bones. Other cancers can also spread to bone, including the spine.

There are different treatments that can be used but it will depend on your individual situation as to what might be best for you. The aim of treatment for cancer in the spine is to relieve symptoms such as pain, any mobility problems and strengthen the bones. It also aims to slow down the growth of the cancer. Sometimes, radiotherapy is used to treat an area of the spine but this will depend on your symptoms. Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells.

Your specialist will assess your symptoms and discuss the best treatment for you, as well as help you weigh up the potential benefits against the possible side effects. You may find our information about secondary breast cancer in the bone and how it is treated helpful. I wonder if you have been introduced to a specialist nurse who may be able to talk through some of your concerns.

If you have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, living with a secondary breast cancer diagnosis can cause a lot of uncertainty but there are ways to help you cope with the stress and anxiety and forms of online support that you can access.

It sounds like a very difficult time for you at the moment. Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.

Best wishes

Teresa

Breast Cancer Now Nurse

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Mermaid1971
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diagnosed with spine mets but know nothing about this

please could you help me understand what spine mets is and what it entails?. I was told today whilst currently in hospital for treatment for something else at present but it was not explained what I am to expect, exactly what bone mets it is and sm terrified. Thankyou