Dr. Templeton shares if secondary bone cancer is a fatal diagnosis.
Secondary bone cancer known as metastasis can be fatal. These are cancers that start elsewhere and go into the bone. The secondary bone cancers can lead to death, not because they are in bone, but because it’s a cancer that started off somewhere else, and it can spread many other places.
Once a patient is diagnosed with the metastasis, we know that their cancer has already proven that it can spread, and if it’s already in one bone, the odds are it’s either in other bones or it’s in other organs. And so once its spread, not everyone dies from that, but it is much harder to treat once it’s already spread.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.