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Prognosis means the expected outcome of a disease. You may want to discuss your prognosis and treatment options with your doctor.

Factors that affect prognosis include whether the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, how quickly it is growing and how it responds to treatment. It is not possible for anyone to predict the exact course of the disease, but your doctor can provide you with general information on the expected outcomes of people in a similar situation to you.

Secondary bone cancer can’t be cured, but treatment can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. In some cases, treatment can keep secondary bone cancer under control for many years.

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This information was last reviewed July 2020 by the following expert content reviewers: Dr Craig Lewis, Conjoint Associate Professor UNSW, Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW; Dr Katherine Allsopp, Staff Specialist, Palliative Medicine, Westmead Hospital, NSW; Michael Coulson, Consumer; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; David Phelps, Consumer; Juliane Samara, Nurse Practitioner Specialist Palliative Care, Clare Holland House, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, ACT; A/Prof Robert Smee, Radiation Oncologist, Nelune Cancer Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW.