University of Cincinnati Cancer Center | UCCC

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Treatment & Services

UC Cancer Institute’s Bone Metastases service uses an interdisciplinary approach that brings together experienced providers from a wide variety of medical and surgical fields to provide personalized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our goal is to provide a “one-stop shop” for all bone metastases-related treatment needs, coordinating all patient appointments with various sub-specialists.

Bone Metastases Treatment

Our typical process for assessing a patient case and determining the best course of treatment begins with determining whether a patient would benefit from surgery, which depends upon:

  • Tumor type
  • Tumor location (e.g., whether it is on a weight-bearing bone)
  • Fracture presence
  • Overall prognosis
  • How many other sites (locations with cancer) the patient has

If our team determines that a patient needs surgery, we proceed with scheduling and performing the surgery. Surgery is often followed by radiation.

If our team determines that a patient does not need surgery but he or she is experiencing symptoms (e.g., paralysis or localized pain), we will often treat with radiation.

If the patient isn’t experiencing symptoms and they have multiple bone metastatic sites, we will often treat with some type of systemic treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone pills. (The type of tumor determines the type of treatment.) 

Partnering With Physicians, Close to Home

One main goal of our Bone Metastases service is to supplement the services available to treat bone metastases in outlying areas in the Greater Cincinnati area. For example, our oncologists work to establish protocols (a set of procedures to be followed) for a patient’s local oncologist who may see fewer patients with bone metastases. We aim to equip local specialists with the tools, knowledge and support to manage their patient. This enables patients to stay close to home for the majority of their treatment and recovery and provides specialists with increased access to the most up-to-date treatment options.