Steroids weaken bones

A special kind of radiation can be given to people who develop scattered, painful bone tumors that don't respond to chemotherapy. These tumors can't be easily treated with localized radiation because the area needing treatment is too big. The radioactive chemical strontium-89 can be given intravenously (injected into one of your veins) as a one-time dose. The bone-making cells and the cancer cells in the bone take up the radiation given off by these chemicals. The treatment generally reduces pain, but it can make you more prone to infection, anemia, and bleeding problems.

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Amy Ladd, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery (hand surgery) and, by courtesy, of medicine (immunology & rheumatology) and of surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. She is chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand Center at Stanford and chief of the Pediatric Hand and Upper Limb Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. A renowned hand surgeon, Ladd also studies and treats congenital hand anomalies in children. Ladd received her MD from State University of New York and did her orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed a hand fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Steroids weaken bones

steroids weaken bones


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