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Diagnosed with secondary bone cancer. Tumor on the skull causing difficulty in vision. What is the prognosis and treatment?

my mom just got diagnosed with secondary bone cancer , she has a one large tumor on her skull and three small ones on her skull, the large one is pushing on her brain and causing double vision, they think she may also have a tumor on her pelvis which she is getting a bone scan for early next week to see if its anywhere else, what is the honest prognosis for such a case ( i work for hospice so i am pretty familier with end of life care but we usually get the patients after they stop treatments so i am curious as to the prognosis with treatment
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Hi
Thanks for writing in.

Secondary bone cancer in a female is mostly from breast, lung, kidney or thyroid. Pelvic tumors spreading to bone is rare. The pelvic tumor may itself be a secondary.
She needs CT scan thorax and abdomen, mammography and thyroid ultrasound to locate the primary. A few special tests (immunos) on the biopsy can also tell something about possible primary.
The prognosis depends on the primary site. For example, it is better in breast or thyroid.
She also needs radiation to the larger skull deposit.

Best wishes.
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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