• Bone metastasis

    Asked by Barbs on Friday, March 22, 2013

    Bone metastasis

    Any info? Oncologist has ordered a bone scan.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Hi Barbs - Bone scans are a regular part of your treatment plan, I've had 3 since last may. They are done to verify that the cancer has not spread to your bones. All of mine showed that my bones were in great shape. The procedure is simple. They will inject a small amount of nuclear isotopes into your body via a vain in one of your arm. You will then be asked to come back in 1-3 hours (depending on their schedule) - their is a 5 hour window starting 1 hour after the injection for them to perform the scan. You will lie on your back while the machine scans your body, sort of like a reverse x-ray. Except for the anxiety about the results, I find it very relaxing and mediate. I feel asleep during the one I had 3 weeks ago. I had a Chest CT and an Abdominal/pelvis MRI w/contrast between the time of the injection and the scan itself. I got to the hospital at 8:30 to register, and the scan didn't happen until 2, I was exhausted.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      ditto on sue rae. this does not mean you have bone mets

      over 4 years ago
    • bbay65's Avatar
      bbay65

      I also have had several scans. Mine weren't as time consuming as SueRae. After the injection I had to sit quietly for 1 hour.Watching tv wasn't bad. Then the scan was a half hour(could be an hour). Then I was free to go. Everyone has different needs. This was just my experience.Some people have anxiety during the scan, but I used it as a time to rest. I always ask them to occasionally give me an update on how much longer. Good Luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Just to clarify - My oncologist likes to schedule all my scans for the same day so i don't have go down to the hospital multiple times. The CT takes 5 Min. The MRI about an hour and the bone scan 45 min -hour My previous triple header in early Jan I had the MRI last.

      over 4 years ago

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