What is orthopedic oncology?
Our Orthopedic Oncology Program provides specialized treatment for malignant musculoskeletal diseases, including primary bone cancer and soft tissue sarcomas, as well as cancers that have metastasized to the bone. The program also addresses orthopedic problems that may occur alongside cancer and/or its treatment.
Orthopedic oncology for metastatic breast cancer to the bone
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. Our Orthopedic Oncology Program offers advanced treatments and procedures for breast cancer bone metastasis.
Treatments for advanced breast cancer are different from treatments for early stage breast cancer. A common treatment for breast cancer that spreads to the bone is Zometa®, which is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Generally administered through an infusion, this treatment is used to reduce the risk of bone complications, such as fractures.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
Breast cancer that spreads to the bone can cause side effects, such as pain, that can interfere with your ability to participate in activities you enjoy. Unrelieved bone pain can affect your eating, sleeping, activity, mood, and concentration. It can also slow your recovery from cancer treatment.
Our orthopedic oncology team will work closely with the other members of your care team to support you. During your breast cancer treatment, you’ll receive integrative oncology services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, mind-body medicine and spiritual support. These therapies can help keep you strong in body, mind and spirit.