Several of the common cancers, especially breast, prostate, lung and even colon cancers can spread to the bones. Persistent pain or tenderness at the affected site is the usual symptom and can be rapidly diagnosed with appropriate radiology tests. Treatment may require a change of drugs, use of specific bone strengthening drugs, and possibly local radiotherapy.
Persistent back pain may require rapid assessment as spinal bone damage can result in pressure on the spinal cord leading to weakness or even paralysis. Treated early, this can be effectively treated and prevent nerve damage.
We can obtain urgent help from a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedic surgeon depending on the indication.