• Bone Biopsy of my sternum

    Asked by barbershopgirl on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Bone Biopsy of my sternum

    After completing chemo and radiation was having pain. Got bone scan which led to bone biopsy. Wondering what would be the next step if it comes back positive for cancer?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hi Barbershopgirl, my name is Carm and I am an oncology/end of life nurse. Normally if your disease has metastasized to the bone then the options are chemo or radiation depending on the location. Rarely surgery for mets although surgery is an option if the cancer is a primary. It is not uncommon to see infiltrating BC metastasize to the breastbone and the easiest fix is usually chemo just because of the geography of vital organs in the surrounding location. However, if the area biopsied is not in a delicate area then radiation is also an option. Good luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      I have had continuing pain in my sternum and throughout the site of the heaviest radiation. The surgeon and the oncologist tell me it's nerve damage and may or may not resolve. They seem to believe it's completely normal.

      almost 4 years ago

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