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SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Secondary bone cancer. Coloured profile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a malignant (cancerous) tumour in the forth cervical (neck) vertebra (spinal bone) in the spine in a 49 year old patient. The brain is at top centre. The tumour (purple) is protruding into the spinal canal, the space surrounding the spinal cord (orange, running from top to bottom). This is secondary bone cancer, where the cancer has metastasised (spread) from the primary site, which was a thyroid cancer. Spread of cancer to bones causes great pain and the bones have a tendency to fracture. The prognosis is poor. Treatment is with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
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