The treatment of bone metastases poses a significant health and economic burden, occurring in 7 out of every 10 people with advanced cancer. It is an area of need that cuts across many cancer types, where coordinated effort is required to improve patient outcomes.

NCRI has been working with the community to identify the issues behind the lack of progress in bone metastases research and has initiated a project to address this area of unmet need, and support researchers in finding critical answers.

I have worked in the field of bone oncology for over two decades and I am committed to changing the outlook for patients diagnosed with bone metastasis. In order to ensure bone metastases become a manageable disease, a concerted effort is required at a multi-disciplinary level and the NCRI project group can provide a platform for this.

Claire Edwards, NCRI Bone Metastases Project Scientific Lead, Associate Professor of Bone Oncology, University of Oxford.


As a clinician, I am acutely aware of the need to improve the quality of services for metastatic bone patients and improve outcomes. There are a lot of unanswered questions and this project group established by NCRI is ideal to bring together the right people to instigate projects that drive forward improvements in clinical care.

Jonathan Stevenson, NCRI Bone Metastases Project Clinical Lead, Consultant Orthopaedic Oncologist, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

NCRI Bone Metastases Network

The NCRI Bone Metastases Network is for anyone who has an interest in bone metastases research and would like to hear about various opportunities related to bone metastases.

The network is open to anyone who works within cancer research, including (but not limited to) clinicians, basic scientists, statisticians, nurses and allied health professionals and people who are not involved in cancer research but would like to be kept informed about NCRI activities.

Join the NCRI Bone Metastases Network

Defining priorities for bone metastases research

We are also identifying the priorities for bone metastases research. It is important to us to have input from the wider community to help us set the priority areas for the project. We would therefore be grateful if you could please complete this 10-minute survey.

We will use the responses to this survey to identify what research the project should prioritise. Working groups will then be established to address these priorities.

Complete the bone metastases survey