3 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR BONE HEALTH

Since cancer from a solid tumor has spread to your bones, you’ve worked to understand your bone health, and you may also want to learn how to protect your bone health from serious bone problems. Serious bone problems are defined as broken bones (fractures), a need for surgery to prevent or repair broken bones, a need for radiation treatments to the bone, or pressure on the spinal cord (spinal cord compression).1

Speak with your doctor about what is right for you. Here are some things that you and your doctor may consider:

BONE-TARGETING MEDICINES

You and your doctor may consider a bone-targeting medicine to help prevent serious bone problems when cancer from a solid tumor spreads to your bones.


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SUPPLEMENTS

To help prevent low calcium levels in the blood while you are taking a bone-targeting medicine, your doctor may recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements.


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LIFESTYLE CHOICES

Your healthcare team may suggest focusing on some healthy lifestyle choices, which might include changes to nutrition, exercise, and stress management.

REFERENCE:
  1. American Cancer Society. Advanced cancer. American Cancer Society website. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003082-pdf.pdf. Revised March 6, 2014. Accessed May 5, 2015.