• metastisis to spine

    Asked by KB2013 on Friday, November 16, 2018

    metastisis to spine

    I have searched for info on the net re: nsclc mets to spine but, decided to just you guys as I know someone here has been there or knows someone who has. Yesterday, I had mri of spine to look for problem after undergoing disc/vertebral surgery a year ago and I just got a call from doctor saying they found a tumor at that site and I need biopsy asap. I'll cut to the chase here; I feel like I did when I got my first cancer diagnosis, I can't think clearly, am scared and depressed and feeling hopeless so I figure I need advice about what to expect with mets to spine. The doc says two radiologists are pretty sure this is cancer and not injury from prior surgery. Questions: how do they treat this and is cancer to bone generally a rapid progression leading to death? I know no one with cancer in bones but, I recall an onc telling me a few yrs back that he hoped it wouldn't spread to my bones which indicated how deadly it is. Thank you.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I'm not a NSCLC patient, but I wanted to wish you the best with this. I'm sure someone here has some bone mets experience that can give you some information. Our best to you!

      28 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Thanks, Greg.

      28 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My friend whose lung cancer metastasized to her spine had radiation and chemo to control it. I always thought once in the bone, it would be only a matter of time before death. My friend is still kicking a year or two later ... I lose track of time. She's still getting chemo. I saw her just last Thursday. Hugs. I know it is scary, but like your lung cancer, it isn't an automatic death sentence. Nevertheless, I will add you to my prayers.

      28 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @KB2013,
      I'm not a cancer patient, but I am an oncology nurse and many of my patients have bony metastases that are easily controlled with radiotherapy and a biphosphonate like Xgeva or Zometa. It isn't a death sentence normally. A lot depends on the grade of cancer, but mets to the spine is common with lung cancer and definitely treatable. Relax and breathe...you got this.

      28 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      carm, I’m grateful for your professional input. I am at a loss for words tiday. Thank you for replying.

      27 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      carm, what did you mean by ‘grade of cancer’ is that same as stage? I still get brain mets, last one 5 mos ago. I have been feeling bad for almost a year now and getting weaker. I recently had extensive dental surgery that took months to complete and worry the invasive procedures and incisions may have awoken cancer. Boy, I am so upset by this bone tumor. Thank you for listening.

      27 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @KB2013,
      No, stage is different from grade and actually staging is not as important as it was years ago when it was common practice to restage, but now; no one does that. Grade determines how aggressive it is. Normally, NSCLC is middle of the road as moderately differentiated...not high or low grade. Listen... If you would like to talk about this off the site, let me know and we can do that... If it will put your mind at ease. If not, just know that there are many here with bony mets and are thriving. Keep in mind that stress is never good, it lowers the immune system. Trust that this is something easily corralled and you will do this...you CAN do this because there's a life waiting for you to resume it. We are all right here... I'm right here, let us support your journey. Many here can help illuminate your path. I'm an oncology nurse, so use me. I am here for you and anyone else. It is an honor I take very seriously.

      27 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Yes, Carm, I would like to talk with you off site. Let me know how we do that. Thank you.

      27 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      On my home page, on the top upper left under the heading of other links click on my photos and my card is there. I have a patient call tomorrow at 9AM CST but other than that I am wide open so call at your leisure. I look forward to your call.

      27 days ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      I had a compression fracture that they thought was caused by bone mets. I had the biopsy done which was nothing and mine turned out to be caused by osteoporosis. So I now have a new disease to deal with, but that's ok. It's better than cancer. I don't think having spinal mets is a death sentence. So get that right out of your mind. Any doctor that would make this comment to a patient is a loser in my book. If they're still your doctor, get rid of them. I had a great team that would never say never unless you're on your death bed. Doesn't sound like you're there!!!

      25 days ago

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