Study Shows Bone Medication Infuse Increases Cancer Risk

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It was reported at a national conference of spine surgeons Thursday, November 3rd that there is an increased cancer risk with a certain bone medication. Infuse, a Medtronicproduct, was discovered to increase patient cancer risks when used in high doses during spinal fusion procedures. An analysis led by a Stanford University orthopedic surgeon found that cancer was three to five times more likely to develop in spine surgery patients who received a bone growth stimulating agent as a part of their clinical trial. The cancer was found typically within two to three years after the product was implanted.

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