• Is it normal to have a spinal tap every 3 months along with chemotherapy treatment?

    Asked by MelMom on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Is it normal to have a spinal tap every 3 months along with chemotherapy treatment?

    I have had one, the doctor said might do another in a couple months. I didn't ask enough question.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • WVgirl2424's Avatar

      With my AML I had chemotherapy and it is normal to do bone marrow biopsy occasionally to check cancer cells in blood. After stem cell transplant when my numbers went up the doctor said I didn't need anymore biopsies because I had no more signs of cancer. He knew this from my blood tests, CBC etc. each type of leukemia is treated differently and treatment can vary by doctor or even the hospital you are in. I have a notebook and as questions come to mind, I write them down and ask the doctor at my next appointment. He gladly answers anything I ask him. I hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      I, too, had AML and had 3 spinal taps....once in the beginning of treatment, once before my BMT, and once after I was in remission about 6 months. As WVgirl2424 relayed, yes, it is important to check for cancer cells...although my Doc was checking the spinal fluid to make sure it wasn't in my brain...not in my blood. I don't think every 3 months is necessary, but that is up to your doc...and depends on what kind of cancer you have. I also agree with WVgirl2424....write your questions down as they come to you...it helps alot and if your doc doesn't spend the time answering ALL your questions...keep at him/her...they should take the time to make sure you understand what the tests are for, why you need them, etc. Good luck to you...

      over 3 years ago
    • richsor's Avatar

      My mom has been diagnosed with All and is having spinal taps every week even though I've been told she's in remission.... Is this normal?

      over 3 years ago

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