Primary and secondary bone cancers are rare events. However, once settled, a complex process is started involving an extensive amount of factors and interactions. The bone micro-environment is a preferential site for (metastatic) tumor cells to enter, stay, colonize and expand. The fact that the tumor cells affect the complete bone environment involving many cell types and regulatory pathways to stimulate their own growth and escape from therapy is devastating for the patient. Many efforts have been made to get more insight into the mechanisms underlying the communication between bone cells and cancer cells and progress is made in therapeutic interventions. This review will discuss the biological mechanisms of primary bone malignancies (osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, multiple myeloma) and secondary bone malignancies (bone metastases) and therapeutic interventions.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.abb.2014.07.013, hdl.handle.net/1765/87504
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Department of Internal Medicine

van Driel, M, & van Leeuwen, J.P.T.M. (2014). Cancer and bone: A complex complex. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. doi:10.1016/j.abb.2014.07.013