To stabilize the bone, treat a fracture due to metastasis, and/or reduce pain, doctors can inject bone cement directly into the area(s) weakened by breast cancer.
Examples of this technique include:
- Vertebroplasty: Guided by CT imaging, the doctor injects bone cement into the spinal bone, or vertebra, through a very small incision.
- Kyphoplasty: This procedure also treats the spinal bone, but the doctor first inserts a small balloon to create a cavity in the bone. Then the cement is injected.
- Cementoplasty: This term refers to the above techniques performed in any other bone in the body besides the spine.