Bone metastases

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Location:  Webinar

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Bone metastases also called ‘bone mets,’ occur when cancer cells break off from a primary tumour that is somewhere else in the body.  These cells travel through the bloodstream or lymph system to a part of the bone and become metastatic cancer cells. This is different than a primary bone tumour, which starts in the bone. Nearly all types of cancer can spread (metastasise) to the bones, however they are most common in breast, kidney, lung, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and thyroid cancers.  Bone metastasis may be the first sign that you have cancer, or bone metastasis may occur years after cancer treatment. They can cause pain and broken bones.

Learn about the current range of treatments available to help reduce pain and other symptoms of bone metastases.

Ruwani Mendis is a consultant palliative care physician and a medical oncologist. Ruwani holds a sessional appointment in cancer services at Western Health and an honorary appointment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She has a private practice located in Heidelberg, and works with community provider Banksia Palliative Care.  She is engaged in research, and also in teaching medical students.

Being a specialist in both cancer and palliative care, Ruwani has a unique understanding of the issues impacting cancer patients at all stages of their diagnosis and treatment. She is passionate about the early involvement of good palliative care to optimise quality of life at all stages.


Register for the Bone metastases webinar via our Eventbrite listing here

Registrations for this session close at 5pm Sunday 16 October.

Last Updated: 17 August, 2022 5:50 pm