Seventy-one cases of metastatic bone disease from unknown primary were analyzed retrospectively to assess diagnostic and therapeutic options. Forty-eight were male, and 23 female; average age 56.4 years (range 24-80). The main presenting symptom was pain. Fifty per cent of patients died within 14 months of symptoms onset and 22.7% were alive after 2 years. Although the prognosis is grave and unaffected by the treatment given, an assiduous diagnostic work-up can anticipate problems and indicate appropriate treatment to substantially improve the patient's quality of life and attitude to his disease.

Skeletal metastases from unknown primaries : Consideration of 71 cases / S. Zurrida, A. Bono, C. Bartoli, B. Bono, E. Galante, P. Veronesi. - In: ONCOLOGY REPORTS. - ISSN 1021-335X. - 1:1(1994 Feb), pp. 151-153. [10.3892/or.1.1.151]

Skeletal metastases from unknown primaries : Consideration of 71 cases

S. Zurrida
Primo
;
A. Bono
Secondo
;
P. Veronesi
Ultimo
1994-02

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Seventy-one cases of metastatic bone disease from unknown primary were analyzed retrospectively to assess diagnostic and therapeutic options. Forty-eight were male, and 23 female; average age 56.4 years (range 24-80). The main presenting symptom was pain. Fifty per cent of patients died within 14 months of symptoms onset and 22.7% were alive after 2 years. Although the prognosis is grave and unaffected by the treatment given, an assiduous diagnostic work-up can anticipate problems and indicate appropriate treatment to substantially improve the patient's quality of life and attitude to his disease.
skeletal metastases; radiotherapy; chemotherapy;
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