- Long Term Outlook
- The General Timescale
Bone cancers are treatable with some patients undergoing chemotherapy, xeloda, and zometa. Again, the type of cancer makes all the difference: A malignant and aggressive form will be less survivable than a slower growing tumor.
- Bone Mets and other cancers
Bone cancer kills when it spreads out of the bone and into vital systems. Death in the above case will most likely be from damage to the spinal cord, but the cancer can spread to the rest of the body, liver, lungs, breasts, and other places.
Bone cancers do not attract clinical trials of new drugs, which is a testament to how slowly these cancers grow. The key here to answering your question, is just how quickly the tumor is growing.
A fast growing tumor will have more effect, more rapidly, than a slower growing one for obvious reasons and needs to spread to non-bone parts of the body to cause more severe effects.