Not sure where to start except to say I hate cancer. Three years ago my wife had Stage IV colon cancer. They removed her ovaries and all of her parts. Chemo and a year free; then mets on ureter. Then chemo. Supposedly her last scan indicated that she was NED (this was in May after CT scan). She complained about back pain even then. It was chalked up to back pain/discs/etc. Her pain continued. Called oncologist and still not good direction. We went on the precept that she did in fact have a bad back; went to bone and joint doctor; they xrayed and said it was in fact bulging discs. No help though. Eventually her pain was so acute that we went to emergency room and consulted with her onc as well. After a CT Scan and MRI, they found that a tumor had basically broken her back; the tumor had replaced one of her vertebrae. Now after reconstructive surgery she is learning to walk again (if such can happen, they say). We're so broken with this.
My reason for posting is two-fold:
1. Don't trust CT scans to be totally accurate; if you have a pain in your back, please be bold to maybe even insist on another CT scan from another source, or a PET scan.
2. Has anyone had a situation with a spinal met? Then surgery? This is tough for her and some solace might be to hear from other heros out there.
Note that the tumor was still in the muscle and pelvic area, but the surgeon's job was to fix the spine.