Metastatic Prostate Cancer In Bones
This picture shows an x-ray of a patient who has metastatic prostate cancer. The cancer has spread away from the prostate gland into the bones of the pelvis and the vertebrae of the spine.
The bones show a white dense mass on the x ray. Cancer has infiltrated healthy tissue within the bone. It is quite an extreme example; the bones are significantly deformed. Physicians refer to this as sclerotic changes; sclerotic in literal terms means 'hardening'. This patient would have experienced pain in the bones.