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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 there any hope when kidney cancer has moved into bone?

Is there any hope when kidney cancer has moved into bone?

Sometimes: By ; large kidney cancer no longer confined to kidney is not good. Occasionally a kidney cancer patient may have a solitary bone metastasis which can be remove in toto. Such patients, with chemotherapy ; radiation, have a slight chance for a cure, but this is not the usual case. There is not much hope if kidney cancer has spread through flank or back ; into a rib. Best managed at a cancer center. ...Read more

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Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Stage 4 kidney ca: 5 year survival rate for kidney cancer spread to other organs (st 4) is 0-20%. This has somewhat improved a little with approval of at least 7 new treatments over last few years. Certain characteristics of the patient & the cancer help to categorize patients into low, intermediate & high risk groups for poor survival. ...Read more

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My brother in law has renal kidney cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and bones, what is his life expectancy?

My brother in law has renal kidney cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and bones, what is his life expectancy?

Difficult to predict: Each individual case is unique & predictions are very difficult. Factors such as tumor histology, size, & prior surgery have an impact on prognosis. Data from large series show that median survival for patients with stage IV disease is 16-20 months, and the 5 year survival rate is less than 10% for patients with distant metastases. Many new drugs have been developed that may improve survival. ...Read more

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kidney cancer. This ruptured during op to remove. Would this have spread cancer cells? He has tumours now and a little in hip bone. Prognosis?

kidney cancer. This ruptured during op to remove. Would this have spread cancer cells? He has tumours now and a little in hip bone. Prognosis?

Often life limiting.: For kidney cancer that has spread (stage IV), median overall survival is ~ 1 year. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 1 year, and 1/2 people live shorter than 1 year.

With treatment, median overall survival is now ~ 3 years. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 3 years, and 1/2 of people liver shorter than 3 years. ...Read more

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My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

Kidney cancer: Your mother, unfortunately, appears to have metstatic spread of her kidney cancer. The best person to ask about her survival is her urologist or her oncologist. They would be able to give a much more informed prognosis than any one else. ...Read more

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My mother died of kidney cancer at age 71. Is this hereditary? Should I have yearly scans?

It depends: Kidney cancer at a later age like in your mother's case is more likely to be sporadic than familial. Other factors to consider include asking if anybody else in your family has a history of cancer including kidney cancer. If nobody else has a history, I would recommend your routine yearly doctor visits, screening tests, etc. Yearly cts would be most likely be overkill. ...Read more

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If somebody had kidney cancer can doctors tell what stage it's in by doing an MRI or cat scan on the patient?

If somebody had kidney cancer can doctors tell what stage it's in by doing an MRI or cat scan on the patient?

Imaging good info: You want to know if imaging studies like ct scan or MRI will help determine the stage in renal cancer. You will get good infrmation from imaging and the staging will be estimated. If the renal cancer extends into the inferior venae cavae or to the right atrium it can be detected by imaging studies. Surgery will confirm the clinical staging. Be well and I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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Should a kidney cancer survivor have routine yearly tests that include CT scans of the lungs?

Not necessarily: Depending on the stage and grade of kidney cancer, some patients may require ct scan of lungs. For many patients, yearly chest x-ray for the first 5 years may be sufficient. ...Read more

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I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

Further testing: More detailed imaging may be helpful and possibly a biopsy of the area to determine the exact cause of pain. In cases of isolated bony metastasis, focused radiation therapy can provide significant relief from pain. Other therapies may be available as well depending on your particular situation, but it is certainly possible that'll none of this is cancer related. Good luck and keep in touch! ...Read more

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What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

Because...: ....Bone is the number one place to where prostate cancer will metastasize. It is not the only place it can go to, though. ...Read more

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Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Correlation: Bone scan is very sensitive and not specific. Correlative imaging ususally ct of chest would be needed. Lesions of ribs can also be fractures, benign tumors, and congenital anomalies. Lung uptake can also occcur in metabolic conditions, sometimes infection, scars, etc. ...Read more

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Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Essentially not.: There is radiation with a bone scan, but it's reasonably low. Your drive to the clinic/hospital was probably more dangerous than the scan itself. ...Read more

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Are all bone scan hot spots some sort of cancer?

Are all bone scan hot spots some sort of cancer?

No: Hot spots on bone scan may reflect trauma, arthritis, infection, inflammation, post-surgical changes and cancer. ...Read more

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Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Maybe not: Areas if increased uptake can be caused by a number of different things. Fractures can do this as well as arthritis (if near a joint), infection and yes cancer can do this also...But other bone lesions that are not considered malignant can also do this. This is why it is so important to see your doctor, who can put this information together with your history, symptoms and results from other tests. ...Read more

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I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

Probably not: A bone scan is done by administering a dose of a radioactive isotope into the blood stream. By itself, this is not harmful. However, low doses of radiation exposure over a prolonged time can lead to cancer, though the amount needed to do this is not really known. As long as you do not need frequent tests requiring radiation exposure, there is little risk from a single bone scan. ...Read more

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Prostrate cancer gleason 3+3psa10.7. Getting prostractomy done in a few days. Bone scan MRI negative. Can it recur?

Prostrate cancer gleason 3+3psa10.7. Getting prostractomy done in a few days. Bone scan MRI negative. Can it recur?

Yes it could: Recurrence is possible. However thier is available hormonal and chemotherapy/radiation seed implantation for treatment IG that happens. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Not alone.: A nuclear medicine bone scan reveals only bone turnover activity. This can come from several causes such as trauma, degenerative change and tumor. While the scan may give some hints such as distribution of "hot" areas other studies will be needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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My bone scan showed no evidence that my prostate cancer spread to the bones. What are the chances that it did not spread anywhere else?

My bone scan showed no evidence that my prostate cancer spread to the bones. What are the chances that it did not spread anywhere else?

Skeleton/nodes: In theory prostate cancer can spread anywhere. The most common sites of spread are bones and lymph nodes. The initial staging of the tumor may help determine likelihood of metastases. You should ask your physician about possible metastases. ...Read more

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Bone scan to check if a 6mm hemangioma in my T1. During the scan I saw white spots in my kidneys - one in each kidney. Is there hope it’s nothing?

Bone scan to check if a 6mm hemangioma in my T1. During the scan I saw white spots in my kidneys - one in each kidney. Is there hope it’s nothing?

Yes: Bone scan radioisotope excreted by kidneys. Photopenic areas (white spots) in kidneys suggest a space occupying lesion which is blocking normal excretion. Most likely since bilateral is renal cysts. Ultrasound of the kidneys or CT would confirm ...Read more

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Bone scan 3 weeks ago showed increased radiotracer upper pole right kidney. Now have gross hematuria for 3-4hrs upon waking. What could be the cause?

Bone scan 3 weeks ago showed increased radiotracer upper pole right kidney. Now have gross hematuria for 3-4hrs upon waking. What could be the cause?

Here are some. ..: The finding in right kidney on bone scan is considered as an incidental finding. Now, gross hematuria occurs and you should have a thorough evaluation with CT. IVP ASAP, and followed with cystoscopy timely. Don't put it off. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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Survival rate prostate cancer spreaded around and bone scan shows a little on left n right pelvic. Is it serious? Life expetancy? Serius should Worry?

Survival rate prostate cancer spreaded around and bone scan shows a little on left n right pelvic. Is it serious? Life expetancy? Serius should Worry?

Very Serious: Metastatic prostate cancer is a serious problem and according to a recent article by A Patrikidou, the median survival is 5.2 years. The good news is that in the last few years there have been several advances and new medications that should extend this. Treatment starts with hormones but sometimes radiation is needed if certain bones are involved. Typically your urologist will coordinate care. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your kidneys show up on a bone scan?

See answer: Likely you had an examination with tc-99m mdp and some of this agent is normally excreted in the kidneys and will appear on the bone scan. ...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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Could a deformed spine (scoliosis) mess up a bone scan which is looking for possible cancer?

Shouldn't: Bone scans pick up increased metabolic activity, and are not affected by structural abnormalities such as scoliosis. ...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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Why would prostate levels jump from under 5 to 26.5 in 6 months: my uncle had prostate cancers few years ago and is 76 years old. Bone scan is done?

Why would prostate levels jump from under 5 to 26.5 in 6 months: my uncle had prostate cancers few years ago and is 76 years old. Bone scan is done?

A 5-fold: Increase in psa needs assessment. If his psa was 5 and he had prostate cancer, he may have been "watched & waited". First step, repeat psa; find out gleason score from prostate biopsy, get bone scan; ct abd/pelvis. Treatment depends on these results. ...Read more

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Prostat cancer bone scan shows o pelvic area is that serius? Canit be treated& what's the life expectncy? Not spreded anywhere just ther &outtr prostat

Discuss w/oncologist: Prostate cancer which has spread to bone is not curable WITH CURRENTLY AVAILABLE treatments. However, current treatments can improve quality of life and duration of survival for years. Hormonal therapy is usual first-line treatment. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why would doctor run bone scan for prostate cancer?

I'm wondering why would doctor run bone scan for prostate cancer?

? spread to bone: It is common for prostate cancer to spread to bones. A bone scan is a very sensitive way to detect spread of prostate cancer to the bone. It's important to know if the bone is involved to "stage" the disease and determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?

Positive bone scan: A bone scan is performed following the injection of isotope, usually technetium 99m mdp. This radiotracer is accumulated in the skeleton. There can be areas of increased, decreased and normal uptake of the radiopharmaceutical. Bone scan is very sensitive for detecting lesions but not specific. Fractures, infection, arthritis, and tumors can be detected. Correlation with other imaging is necessary. ...Read more

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Father has prostate cancer. Spreded on outer prostate. Did test to see if in bladder and it wasn't. Bone scan next if not found in bladder can it ther?

Here are some. ..: How to treat prostate cancer is advised and decided on the basis of multiple factors - age, pace of PSA rising, tissue Gleason score, general health, concomitant illnesses, metastatic workup, etc. But in reality, the decision is still based on INDIRECT evidence to define if cancer is still clinically localized or spread. Of note, microscopic spread is not detectable with any scans - bone scan, CT ...Read more

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My dr thinks I am too young to have a bone scan done. What other paths can I take to be checked for osteosporosis, cancer, etc?

My dr thinks I am too young to have a bone scan done. What other paths can I take to be checked for osteosporosis, cancer, etc?

Appropriate reason: Dexa scan is used to assess bone mineralization and bone scan is usually for detecting metastatic disease, occult fractures, infection etc. Insurance will not approve unless doctor has appropriate reason for study. For instance postmenopausal woman, frequent fractures, inflammatory bowel disease, certain meds for ge reflux for DEXA scan. ...Read more

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Could a bad scoliosis cause a wrong interpretation of a bone scan, looking for cancer?

Could a bad scoliosis cause a wrong interpretation of a bone scan, looking for cancer?

Sometimes: Scoliosis deforms the spine with a curvature. On bone scan the convex side of the curvature is usually more active than the concave side. With surgery for scoiiosis, active spots can occur where breaks in fusion. High incidence of spondylolysis with scolisis, fractures at the L5 level of lumbar spine. Older people with scoliosis have arthritis.All active spots have to be correlated with other images. ...Read more

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What is the specific name of a "bone scan" that docs use to look for cancer? Want to read up on it for loved one, learn about pros and cons, etc.

What is the specific name of a "bone scan" that docs use to look for cancer? Want to read up on it for loved one, learn about pros and cons, etc.

PET scan: It is usually not a bone scan. Pet (positron emission tomography, in combination with computed tomography is sensitive in detecting malignancies. F18 the isotope is tagged to glucose. Most tumors utilize increased metabolism of glucose allowing detection by this imaging. The isotope is injected intravenously. The test may take 2 hours. ...Read more

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In a bone scan, what would cause mild increased radiotracer fluid in upper right pole of kidney?

See answer: The kidneys and bladder are normally visualized with a routine bone scan. Decrease visualization and activity generally reflects decreased renal function and an increase in activity commonly represents either obstruction or delayed excretion. You should discuss with the doctor who ordered the test whether he feels finding has any clinical significance. Most likely not? ...Read more

Dr. Sean Williamson
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Hypernephroma (Definition)

Hypernephroma has become an outdated term for cancerous change of filtrating tubules of kidneys and has bee replaced by renal cell carcinoma; literally, it denotes "overgrowth of kidney cells". Its risk factors are tobacco smoking, long-term OTC pain killer use, etc. In few cases, genetic factor is blamed. More? Contact www. Healthtap. Com/dr-Lin ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more