Newton John has been an advocate in the breast cancer community and she established the ONJCC in Australia where active research to combat breast cancer is happening. She was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in and now 25 years later, she has been found to have breast cancer in her spine. I can imagine how devastating it must be for her and her family as I too live with metastatic breast cancer. I wish her great success in her upcoming treatment and sincerely pray that she will go in remission. So what is happening when breast cancer is diagnosed in the spine? The answer is no.
Bone metastasis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
Skip to Content. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages. This year, an estimated , people , women and 2, men in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, excluding skin cancer.
Where Breast Cancer Can Spread
Bone is the most common site of metastasis for breast cancer. Bone metastasis significantly affects both quality of life and survival of the breast cancer patient. Clinically, complications secondary to bone metastasis include pain, pathologic fractures, spinal cord compression, and hypercalcemia of malignancy. Because bone metastasis is extremely common in patients with metastatic breast cancer, clinical management of bone metastases is an important and challenging aspect of treatment in the metastatic setting.
The spine is the most common site for bone metastases. Other common sites are the hip bone pelvis , upper leg bone femur , upper arm bone humerus , ribs, and the skull. When these cells are both working the way they should, new bone is always forming while old bone is being broken down.