Mar 18, 2004 - 6:41 pm
My Mom was diagnosed Oct 2003 with cancer. They originally found a growth in her bone above her knee. They removed the growth and advised us that it did not have the charactaristics of cancer. However, they sent the piece of bone and tumor to the Mayo Clinic. The said they thought it was cancer but not bone cancer. Her doctors here have tested her for everything they can think of. They have found nothing abnormal other than her iron levels in her blood are very low and a dark spot on her liver. Her liver & pancreas functions are normal. They are giving her blood transfusions every so often. In the course of about 2 months she lost a bunch of weight, which I know is normal. Anyway, her liver is very swollen she has terrible pain in her lower back (nothing else has shown up on bone scans) and hips and upper legs. They have tried chemo to treat breast, liver & pancreatic cancer. Nothing has seemed to work. She is now on an experimental drug that stops the growth of cancer cells. Her doctor has said they have a couple more experimental drugs they could try but they are very hard on the body. She did have a second opinion and that doctor didn't see anything different. We are almost wondering if it is some sort of blood disease that mimicks cancer. I'm afraid she doesn't have much time left as she is only skin & bones. If anybody has a suggestion I would appreciate a response. God Bless all of you!!!