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Skeletal metastases

Feldberg Chair in Spinal Research logo.Work conducted in collaboration with the Feldberg Chair in Spinal Research.

Bone is the most common site for the distant spread of cancer. In particular, up to one third of all cancer patients develop tumours in the spine. Longer life expectancies for patients with cancer and metastatic disease makes quality of life an important issue and stresses the need for better diagnosis and treatment of skeletal metastases. The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory aims to understand and quantify the mechanics of bone metastases. This work is important in predicting fracture risk and developing new devices and methodologies for improved treatment. Maintaining the structural stability of metastatically involved bones is crucial in reducing morbidity and mortality associated with skeletal metastases.