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Nurs Stand. 2013 Jan 9-15;27(19):48-56; quiz 57.

Cancer-induced bone disease.

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King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London.


A diagnosis of bone metastases may be devastating for patients with cancer because it suggests that the cancer is incurable and that patients are at increased risk of developing skeletal-related events. The optimal goal for these patients should be to maintain quality of life. Nurses have an important role in the care of patients with cancer-induced bone disease and need to have a good understanding of the effects of bone metastases to ensure prompt management of this condition.

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