Pelvic Bone Cancer Prognosis

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May 06, 2015

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  • Prognosis depends on location and spread of tumour.
  • Surgery or chemotherapy can treat this cancer.
  • Patients may pass blood with urine.
  • Kidney failure may take place.

Pelvic bone X-ray The prognosis for this form of pelvic cancer depends upon the location and spread of the tumour. Cancer of the pelvis may be treated with surgery or chemotherapy.

Pelvic Bone Cancer Prognosis

According to the US Library of Medicine, patients with pelvic cancer may pass bloody urine, have back pain and discomfort during urination. Such persons are advised to consult a doctor immediately to take advantage of the early detection treatments and increase their chances of survival.

Doctors may perform a urine cytology test to find pelvic cancer cells, or they may use other tests - such as an abdominal computerized tomography (CT) scan, a kidney ultrasound or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test of the abdomen - to locate a tumour. If the tumour is found to be confined in the ureter or kidney, it is curable by surgery by removing all or part of the affected kidney and portions of the bladder and surrounding tissue. A tumour in a urethra may be treated by surgically removing the ureter.

Cancer that has spread beyond the kidneys and ureters is more difficult to cure, and this type of cancer may be treated with chemotherapy. The prognosis of this type of pelvic bone cancer reveals the five year survival rate for those with invasive ureter cancer is 25 per centand for those with invasive kidney cancer, the five year survival rate is 5 to 15 per cent.

To know about pelvic bone cancer prognosis, it may help to understand some facts about pelvic bone cancer.

They rarely start by themselves but are an indicator of other bone malignancies in the body. The pelvic cancer tumour grows slowly and as it grows, the movement and function of the bone is lost on account of the pain it causes and may eventually lead to the bone fracturing, when the tumour is large. Apart from the constant pain, other symptoms include bladder and bowel incontinence, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, fever, movement problems, stiff bones, bone lumps and masses, bone tenderness, anaemia, weight loss, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

The common forms of bone cancer are Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma and are all associated with pelvic bone pain as a result of metastasis. Another common source of pelvic bone cancer is from the cancer in a kidney or a ureter.

Pelvic Bone Cancer Prognosis

The Prognosis of Pelvic Bone Cancer, (highly generalised)

Patients may develop kidney failure and increasing pain from the tumour. The five year survival rate for patients with kidney cancer is 60 to 70 per cent; 60 per cent of patients who develop ureter cancer will survive for five years or more.

Pelvic bone cancer prognosis and the survival rate of persons afflicted by it, is dependent on the degree of the spread and the source where the cancer has metastsised from. The person feels intense pain leading to difficulty in movement, fever, fatigue and when it grows large, it leads to bone fracture. A common source from where the cancer has spread, are the ureter and kidneys.


The treatments available are surgery by the removal of the cancerous tissue, and chemotherapy. 25 per cent of patients diagnosed with pelvic bone cancer with ureter cancer live for five more years. .However, only 5 to 15 per cent of those with kidney cancer live this long.

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  • rama12 Sep 2012

    thanks for such a nice tips

  • vanita12 Sep 2012

    thanq achhi baate batayi hai......

  • GVK RAO06 Aug 2012

    My mother had fracture in the pelvic bone and from the very next day passing of stools and urine stopped. Now passing of stools is restored but still urine can be passed through a catheter. She is 87 years. The WBC count is seen falling. Does it mean she is having pelvic bone cancer ? I shall be thankful if I am enlightened on this aspect. She had some discomfort in the abdomen initially and had 10- 12 vomitings. Her weight is 54 Kgs. She is a type II diabetic, had heart attack recently.

  • Greg07 Jul 2012

    Kimberley, My girlfriend is going though the same as your Aunt. She had breast cancer 4.5 yrs ago, and has just been diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the iliac bone, her pelvis. She started hormone and bone growth therapy today. This will block estrogen from getting to those cancer cells, and harden her bones so that the tumors have a hard time growing, or spreading from bone to bone. The overall prognosis is good. The doctor is seeing her survival in terms of many years, not weeks of months.

  • kimberley07 Jul 2012

    my ant has just got over breast cancer and then got diagnosed with pevlic bone cancer what is the out come

  • BARBARA10 Mar 2012

    i have pelvis pain . the leader in upper tight going to pelvis is so tight it hurts when i walk. i can feel the leader going to pelvis and is much tighter than other side. i had hip implant. it has been hurting since. could this be the reason.