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F 43 back pain for many yrs recent CT scan shows serious bulging disc L4 L5.dad die from wt multi myloma. What are the chance having bone cancer?

F 43 back pain for many yrs recent CT scan shows serious bulging disc L4 L5.dad die from wt multi myloma. What are the chance having bone cancer?

Reassuring: Your MRI is an excellent test to reassure you that there is nothing seriously wrong, like cancer. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that affects older adults and it is not known to run in families. Your bulging disc does not usually need surgery. You should do well with rehabilitation for your weakness and pain. An EMG test (see a Physiatrist for this) may guide your care and progress. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is a CT scan a reliable test to detect bone cancer?

Is a CT scan a reliable test to detect bone cancer?

It is one option: Bone Cancer can be imaged with Bone scans, X-rays, CT scan and MRI scans. A good oncologist or radiologist can help to choose the more most appropriate imaging test/s ...Read more

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Would a chest ct show bone cancer in ribs?

Would a chest ct show bone cancer in ribs?

It would if: There is enough bone destruction or reactive changes. If the cancer/metastasis is small or has not yet caused much rib destruction or sclerosis, it may be difficult to see on a routine chest CT. ...Read more

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What is the danger of having too many CT scans? I'm concerned about the radiation. I've had 3 CT scans within one year. I have heard that people have died of bone cancer caused by too many xrays. Is this the same?

What is the danger of having too many CT scans? I'm concerned about the radiation. I've had 3 CT scans within one year. I have heard that people have died of bone cancer caused by too many xrays. Is this the same?

Too small to measure: Pilots get an extra 3 mSV yearly and radiation workers up to an extra 20 mSV yearly. This is cumulative. A common CT scan delivers may be 3, a very sick person who needs chest and abdomen with and without contrasts gets 40. No one has been able to measure any increased cancer risk in pilots or radiation workers. I'd stop worrying. If you need the scan, don't hesitate. ...Read more

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Can you see bone cancer in the hips from a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis?

Can you see bone cancer in the hips from a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis?

Yes, some details se: Ct scan shows the normal anatomy of all the structures examined although it is not the best test for hip cancer which is best seen with a ct scan or MRI scan of the pelvis with a focus on the bones. ...Read more

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I have had kidney cancer. I just got my CT scan back and they report a lesion on my right ilium bone possible a bone island. Could this be cancer?

I have had kidney cancer. I just got my CT scan back and they report a lesion on my right ilium bone possible a bone island. Could this be cancer?

Possibly: Bone is a relatively common site of spread of kidney cancer. The odds that this is true in your case depend on the stage and grade of your original cancer and the radiographic appearance. If the radiologist described it as a bone island that makes it less likely that it is cancer. Discussing this with your doctor is a good idea, and the need for a biopsy or other further testing can be determined. ...Read more

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I have urq pain, now bone pain on the right side and get night sweats. Can a CT scan always pick up pancreatic or bile duct cancer?

I have urq pain, now bone pain on the right side and get night sweats. Can a CT scan always pick up pancreatic or bile duct cancer?

No test is perfect!: No test is 100 percent accurate. Although a multiphase ct with contrast is a very good test for pancreatic or bile duct cancer, it is not a perfect test. Mri, mrcp and ERCP are all tests that may be useful. Generally, imaging for this problem begins with a ct, with the additional tests based on the ct results, as well as lab tests and other examinations. ...Read more

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Mom's pth-peptide level is 35& her calcium level is 13 Chest xray normal., CT scan done, no results yet. Bone scan tomorrow. Where is the cancer?

Mom's pth-peptide level is 35& her calcium level is 13 Chest xray normal., CT scan done, no results yet. Bone scan tomorrow. Where is the cancer?

May have no CA: 15 to 65 pq / mL. Is the range of parathormone in the serum. The only question is the slightly elevated bone calcium which might be associated with bone mets. This should show up on the scan. When parathormone is elevated it is usually derived from the parathyroid glands which might be hyperplastic or have a tumor. Occassionally an elevated parathormone level is seen in myeloma. ...Read more

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Why do I black spots in my skull. Revealed by a cat scan. Bone marrow biopsy revealed no cancer?

Why do I black spots in my skull. Revealed by a cat scan. Bone marrow biopsy revealed no cancer?

DDx: I see a lot of multiple myeloma, so I think of lytic (punched out) lesions in the skull (calvarium) as myeloma. However other cancers such as squamous cell cancers (head/neck, lung, etc) can produce lytic lesions. Sometimes veins going through bone can produce "holes" that are normal. The differential diangosis (ddx) is broad -- eg http://www. Calvariallesions. Com/index. Html. ...Read more

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Odds of pet scan missing bone cancer?

Odds of pet scan missing bone cancer?

Yes: Pet measure metabolic activity and yes they miss bone tumour and metastasis if small, not much metabolic activity and bone scan, MRI is better. ...Read more

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Would early- mid bone cancer show up at all in wbc, rbc, or other parts of a blood test, or is it only symptomatic in the bone?

Would early- mid bone cancer show up at all in wbc, rbc, or other parts of a blood test, or is it only symptomatic in the bone?

Maybe: The type of bone cancer maybe reflected in the cbc--complete blood count--depending if it is associated with a leukemia process. Better not to speculate further--speak to your physician and be checked properly. Many different possibilities.
Hope nothing serious! ...Read more

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Bone cancer that has spread to lungs. Would symtoms be severe at this point? Waiting for scan for spine pain, now developing cough, fatgue, worse pain.

Bone cancer that has spread to lungs. Would symtoms be severe at this point? Waiting for scan for spine pain, now developing cough, fatgue, worse pain.

It depends: Small lung metastases from osteosarcoma may be asymptomatic. Larger ones may produce a severe cough and shortness of breath. Nowadays we are getting many good results with chemotherapy even when osteosarcoma has spread to the lungs. ...Read more

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Would bone cancer in the chest or back show on a chest xray. Severe left upper back/shoulder/chest pain not yet diagnosed. Now daily pain unbearable.

Would bone cancer in the chest or back show on a chest xray. Severe left upper back/shoulder/chest pain not yet diagnosed. Now daily pain unbearable.

See a doctor: Please see a doctor as soon as possible. There are several more common diagnoses (other than bone cancer) that present the way you describe, some of them require rapid treatment for the best possible outcome. To answer your question however, "bone cancer" is sometimes, not alway seen on a chest x-ray. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can somebody with stage 4 bone cancer have a clear pet scan?

Can somebody with stage 4 bone cancer have a clear pet scan?

Yes: No test is 100% sensitive, especially if the metastases are small. That said, PETs are quite good in staging many kinds of cancers. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with stage 4 bone cancer to have a clear pet scan?

Is it possible for someone with stage 4 bone cancer to have a clear pet scan?

Yes: No scan or test is 100% accurate so it is possible. One of my patients had a very hot lung mass on pet and yet none of his metastasis showed on the test. ...Read more

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Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Could a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

No: Bone scan is a crude way of measuring active disease in bone. There are more sensitive tests available now. It does not pick up dead cells. But not showing active disease in an area where it was showing disease, "lack of uptake" is a good sign. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Is it ever that a bone scan pick up on dead cancer cells after one has been treated for bone cancer?

Yes and no.: The degree of tracer uptake depends on several factors such as the size and the type of tumor. Bone scan detects the bone metabolism surrounding the tumor. Usually the uptake will be proportionnal to the degree of "invasion" of the bones but sometimes a lesion which is healing can also be seen as a "hot" spot for many months because of the healing process. Serial scans are needed for evaluation. ...Read more

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If you have bone cancer and they do a biopsy does it matter from where they take the sample from or would it show up in all the bones?

Depends upon what...: You mean by bone cancer. Primary tumors of bone may be multifocal, but are not typically "everywhere". Indeed, rx usually involves neoadjuvant chemo, surgical resection and perhaps XRT to achieve local control, then adjuvant therapy to combat micro metastatic disease that you can't see but is most certainly present. Primary tumors that metastasize to bone may be more widely disseminated. ...Read more

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Have papillary thyroid cancer. Recent bone scan showed area of concentrated radioactivity on lower leg bone. Cancer too?

Have papillary thyroid cancer. Recent bone scan showed area of concentrated radioactivity on lower leg bone. Cancer too?

Very unlikely: Positive bone scan does not mean cancer
any recent activity in the bone from recent healing, to a inflammation, to possible infection will cause hot spot on bone scan
papillary thyroid cancer is not known to be super aggressive and the chance of metastases to the bone is super rare.
check with your doctor most likely it will be something simple ...Read more

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How common is primary bone cancer in a 23yo female?

Has been seen: Primary bone cancers in young adults, age 23, is not common, about 2, 000 cases being diagnosed each year and occur most often in the long bones of the arms and legs.. Osteosarcoma is the most common, making up 35 percent of bone cancer cases. This cancer affects primarily children and young adults between the ages of ten and 25 Chondrosarcomas make up 26 per%. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bone cancer usually detected?

Bone pain: The two most common forms of bone cancer are osteogenic Sarcoma of bone and Chondrosarcoma. In the latter case there is frequently an exophytic bone lesion. In the former, osteogenic sarcoma produces a lytic lesion of the bone in relatively young patients which cause pain due to an expanding lesion and fracture due to thinning of cortex of the bone. ...Read more

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How much more time does a person have if bone cancer?

How much more time does a person have if bone cancer?

Could be Years: As dr. Singh explained, there are too many variables that are unknown in order to answer this question. However, if the bone is the only site of spread and if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, one can almost consider bony metastasis as a chronic illness--controllable but not curable--with which one may live for years. ...Read more

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How long is someone with bone cancer expected to live?

Cancer that has: Metastasized to bones commonly indicates that the disease cannot be cured, but survival depnds more on the source of primary. Those from breast or prostate can be quite lone --years even, but lung, kidney, melanoma is quite short. ...Read more

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Which are things that people do that will affect bone cancer?

Which are things that people do that will affect bone cancer?

Surgery, RT or meds: There two type of bone cancer, primary and metastatic. The primary lesions ie osteogenic Sa, chondroSa or Ewings sarcoma are treated by surgery and chemo. Metastatic lesions such as breast and prostate to bone receive hormone therapy for control while the more aggressive lesions like lung Ca to bone are given chemo but with a poor response. RT used for bone pain. Checkpoint inhibitors can help ...Read more

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Do I have bone cancer if lumpy for a couple of years or longer?

Restate question: Bone cancer is an unusual cancer and you probably don't have it. What do you mean by "lumpy for a couple of years"? What is lumpy? ...Read more

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Can you please explain why bone cancer is so common in children?

Can you please explain why bone cancer is so common in children?

Actually is is rare: The number of children diagnosed with cancer per year is approximately 125 per million children aged 0-15 years.

The 2 most common bone cancers, osteosarcoma and ewing sarcoma, account for 5% of that number, or approximately 6.3 of those cancer types per 1 million children. ...Read more

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How early can bone cancer be diagnosed? What are early symptoms?

How early can bone cancer be diagnosed? What are early symptoms?

Vary with type of ca: Some bone cancers cause pain and swelling, others may be silent in the early stages. There are too many different types of bone cancers to provide one answer to the question. ...Read more

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How to ease the pain of bone cancer without pills to relieve pain?

Percutaneous ablatio: Dependent on where the tumor is, how many sites it is in and what it is it is sometimes possible to treat them with ablation technology. This would use either cold or heat delivered through probes placed with ct guidance. Sometimes re-enforcement at the site is needed and this is done with with what is called bone cement. This is all done percutaneously (through the skin) and not with big incision. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have primary bone cancer, can you still donate organs?

I'm just wondering, if you have primary bone cancer, can you still donate organs?

No: Cancer patients can not be good organ donors as their body organs often have cancer cells floating around.. ...Read more

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I have been told I have bone cancer and it is benign? Should I go back to the dotor?

I have been told I have bone cancer and it is benign? Should I go back to the dotor?

???: There may be some misunderstanding in the communication. Cancer is alwasys malignant, anything benign should not be called cancer. Please clarify with you doctor. Yes there can be benign bone lesions that can be observed. But even for low grade bone cancer, treatment usually is indicated. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more