Ten-year experience of the multidisciplinary Osteoncology Center

Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Valentina Fausti, Flavia Foca, Roberto Casadei, Maria Cristina Falasconi, Devil Oboldi, Elisabetta Sansoni, Laura Fabbri, Simona Micheletti, Stefano Severi, Federica Matteucci, Venetia Zavoiu, Laura Mercatali, Dino Amadori, Toni Ibrahim

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Purpose: Bone metastases (BMs) are responsible for high morbidity in patients. A multidisciplinary approach involving a team of specialists offers an effective therapeutic strategy based on disease characteristics, medical history, and performance status. We evaluated the impact of our 10-year multidisciplinary experience on the management of patients with BM. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 2194 medical reports of 1628 patients referred to our Osteoncology Center from 2005 to 2015. Cases were discussed weekly by a multidisciplinary team. Results: Eight hundred thirty-eight (38.2%) of the 2194 visits were requested because of a risk of complications from BM. Antiblastic treatment and bone-targeted therapy were modified in 709 (66.3%) and 309 (31%) of cases, respectively. Radiotherapy was scheduled in 220 (20%) of the 1099 patients for whom information was recorded. Patients completed the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) during their first visit, 1296 (59.1%) reporting pain (median intensity 4), and 537 (41.4%) experiencing a level that interfered substantially with daily activities. New ortheses and/or antalgic therapy was prescribed accordingly. After 7 days, 208 (16%) patients were re-evaluated and a new BPI administered. A significant improvement in the worst (p < 0.0001) and current pain (p = 0.03) was seen, together with a favorable impact on daily activities (p = 0.02). Two thousand fifty-one patients completed an anonymous questionnaire on the quality of the service, the majority (69.4%) expressing high satisfaction. Conclusions: Our 10-year osteoncology experience confirms the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to optimize BM management. Further evaluations are needed in relation to quality of life, outcome, and costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3395-3402
Number of pages8
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2019


  • Bone metastases
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Osteoncology
  • Quality of life
  • Skeletal-related events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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