"The livid cancer spread its hideous claws, clinging upon thy breasts, seeking to strike thee deep within."
- Walt Whitman (1819-1892), American poet Leaves of Grass (1901)
"I have cancer," is now old news. Perhaps you've had surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy - or any combination and describing yourself as a "cancer warrior" is well-deserved. The insight here is that you've made cancer a part of your life. Nobody wants cancer for sure but since you got it, you vowed to fight it to the end. In fact, you thought you had it licked. But there is new pain - bone pain, to be exact.
Metastasis. Cancer cells are essentially treacherous mutations that want to survive and thrive - and in the process, may kill its host (that's you). So in the campaign to colonize, cancer cells spread in the body, a process called "metastasis." They usually metastasize to the bones that arespongy. These have honey-combed architecture and rich in blood supply making it ideal for tumor cells to lodge and propagate. Bone metastasis is usually seen in cancers originating from the following:
Indeed, in cases of advanced prostate or breast cancer, nearly 70% of patients will exhibit bone metastasis. Cancer cells break away from the primary cancer and enter either the bloodstream or lymph system. The bones most likely to accept metastatic cells are the: spine, pelvis, ribs, humerus (upper arm bone), and femur (thigh bone). …