Apr 05, 2005 - 11:11 am
I would like to get the opinions of you all on the following... My mom has the stage 4 cancer that is in the liver and peritoneum. She has had a PET scan and it has shown to be in those 2 areas as the CAT scan did. She has lots of pain in her hip and back and has had this long before the cancer. She has had an x-ray 2 years ago that showed the arthritis in her hip. However, the Onc. ordered a bone scan since she told him about this pain. Wouldn't they see bone mets on a PET scan? I feel he is just doing this to be overly thorough since she is a new patient to him and she told him of this pain in the hip and back. However, this test is today and she was up ALL night worrying that something else will be wrong. I have not heard too much about bone mets being common with CC and have tried to reassure her that this arthiritis has been there for years and she has talked about that pain for a very long time. I don't know how to help her redirect the worry to doing proactive things for the cancer. It is all sucha waiting game. She literally looks 10 years older since the diagnosis and I really hope it gets easier on her. We are all waiting to see if she will respond to chemo in hopes of surgery with Dr. Sugarbaker on the peritoneum and liver. Thanks for your comments.