Dr. Templeton explains secondary bone cancer.
Secondary means that it started off somewhere else and so it could be something in the lung, the liver, kidney. The most common types of cancers that go to bone are breast, lung, thyroid, kidney and prostate, although, interestingly, breast cancer in men doesn’t tend to go to bone but it does in women.
So a secondary bone cancer would be something that started off somewhere else and then got into the bloodstream and got into the bone. It’s also referred to as metastasis.
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.