Bone health in people with history of hematological malignancies

Blood cancers have negative effects on your bone health. Men and women in all ages may be affected.

If you are a blood cancer survivor or a current patient, the treatment you receive puts you at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and break more easily. Osteopenia is a less severe condition of bone loss and may precede osteoporosis. 

There are other factors that also make you more likely to get weak bones. Weak bones are more likely to fracture and will affect your life.

You should be aware of all these factors and the ways you can improve bone health and protect yourself.

This website provides you with information you need to protect the health of your bones. It is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor. 

Let's begin with this video from the Bone Disease Program of Texas. It is available in its entirety at:

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Hello, having a strong skeletal system is important to all of us. The skeleton is the support structure for the entire body. When you think of bones, you probably think of a hard skeleton. However, your bones are actually living organs alive with cells and flowing body fluids. You’re constantly being renewed. Throughout life, the healthy skeleton replaces old and damaged bone with newly-formed bone.

You should think of it a bit like city streets, …er, the earth moves, pot holes develop and , and in order to fix it you need to go in and fill the pot holes. The skeleton is like that. You acquire cracks and very small breaks on a continuous basis.

Throughout life these small defects of bone mass are constantly replaced by a new bone formation. After women go through menopause and in men over age 65, there is a higher rate of bone breakdown.

Most people think of older skeleton as sort of inactive. The rate of renewal or change or repair actually accelerates as you get older so unless you eat a balanced diet with adequate amounts of protein and calcium and Vitamin D, you won’t repair the skeleton adequately.

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