Zometa for bone mets?

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Question from Martha: What are your thoughts about Zometa for bone mets? I have a few spots on my ribs, no pain.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. Zometa is a drug which is called a bisphosphonate, and the other drug in that same class that is often used for women who have recurrent breast cancer is Aredia. These drugs are very useful for many, many women who have breast cancer that has spread to the bone. They can decrease pain, prevent fractures, reduce the need for radiation to the bone, and reduce the chance that a woman will develop a high calcium level.

Without knowing a little bit more about those abnormalities you have in your bones, I can't say for sure that you should be on it, but it's certainly something you should talk to your doctor about, and it's a treatment that might be very useful. It is a treatment that is given intravenously, typically every 3-4 weeks. And, by the way, this is also a drug that is very helpful in treating osteoporosis.

Marisa Weiss, M.D. It is in the same family of drugs as Fosamax and Actonel.

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