Dec 16, 2005 - 1:14 pm
I talked to onolocist yesterday about my tail bone pain. He did not feel it necessary to order a bone scan. His reasons were:
1. He stated that cancer pain is constant, that the pain does not come and go. My tail bone pain is not constant so he's not wholly concerned.
I think this is a bit of a strange answer because I have a 3cm metastasis in my liver that does not hurt at all. Are bone metastasis different in that they cause pain all the time?
2. My oncologist did not order a bone scan because I am scheduled for a PET scan in 2 1/2 weeks. Is it true that PET scans will detect bone metastasis as well as a bone scan?
I just want to make sure I am vigilant about detecting cancer anywhere. My original diagnosis of colorectal cancer was delayed for years because I accepted a doctors dismissal of a hemmrhoid diagnosis. I'm a little on my toes more these days. Especially because I think I read that bone metastasis is not hopeless, that if caught early, I could actually get sections of bone removed. But I am, of course, still hoping that I have nothing wrong with my tailbone - but I believe you got to be vigilant, informed, and aware of your options if the worst case scenario materializes.
Thanks for any help and info,