How can we improve the treatment of bone metastases further?Curr Opin Oncol. 1998 Aug; 10 Suppl 1:S7-13.CO
Bone is one of the most frequent organs to be affected by metastatic cancer and causes more morbidity than any other metastatic site. Bisphosphonate treatment provides an organ-specific treatment which is relevant to most if not all tumour types involving bone. Bisphosphonates, particularly the potent agent pamidronate (Aredia), will relieve metastatic bone pain with a consequent improvement in quality of life in approximately 50% of patients. Long-term bisphosphonate treatment clearly reduces skeletal morbidity rates in multiple myeloma and breast cancer.