Apr 22, 2011 - 2:39 pm
Hello to all,
So my apologies for any dumb questions and my 'intrusion'. I want the best for my mother and want to help her make educated decisions and already I'm concerned that she might be 'along for the ride' rather than pro-active. She's not taken the news well and has a history of cancer in her family - it seems to me that she's already expecting the worst.
I haven't had a chance to read all of the topics in the discussion forums - so I'm sorry if this is covered already - but my mom has had concerns about osteoporosis for years (related both to genetics and medication that she has been on.) She had a bone density scan years ago and planned to have another one this year - but now that cancer has cropped up - she wants to hold off on the scan. If one of the possibilities is that her thyroid cancer (two 3cm+ tumours that may also require her parathyroid being removed) could metastasize to her bones and if she loses her parathyroid as well - wouldn't it be prudent to see about being checked for osteoporosis as soon as possible to have some sort of idea if she's losing bone density? I mean, bone cancer hurts and so does osteoporosis... how is she meant to know the difference? My main concern isn't that she'll go running in thinking she's got bone cancer every other week. My main concern is that she'll spend another 6 months silently thinking 'I wonder if I have bone cancer?' (Just like she spent 6 months silently wondering if she might have thyroid cancer before even speaking to the doctor...)