Advanced bladder cancer can sometimes spread to your bones. It can cause pain and weaken them. When the bones are weaker they can break more easily.
Some drug treatments can help to strengthen your bones and prevent problems.
Denosumab is a type of targeted cancer drug called a monoclonal antibody. It helps to strengthen the bones, which lowers the risk of your bone breaking (fracture) and helps to control pain.
You have denosumab as an injection under your skin (subcutaneously).
Bisphosphonates are another type of drug treatment that helps to strengthen bones. They have other benefits like preventing and slowing down bone thinning (osteoporosis). They can also help treat high calcium levels in your blood.
There are several different types of bisphosphonate, including:
- disodium pamidronate (Aredia)
- ibandronic acid or ibandronate (Bondronat)
- sodium clodronate (Bonefos, Clasteon, Loron)
- zoledronic acid or zoledronate (Zometa)
You can have them by a drip into your bloodstream or as tablets to take at home.
More information about secondary bone cancer
Coping with secondary bone cancer can be difficult. Understanding more about it and getting the help and support you and your family need can help you cope.