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    OldGuy asked a questionGallbladder Cancer

    Who has had a bone marrow biopsy?

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      Actually, what they do is insert a needle and aspirate some marrow for the pathologist to examine. They deaden the area and give you pain killers or sedation if desired. No drilling. I have had about a dozen of them. Bi-lateral biopsy once. All are walk-in-walk-out. My worst, I was sore at the needle site for about two weeks - but soreness more than pain. Most of them I barely felt afterwards. My last one I did with local anesthetic only. No sedation or Fentanyl lollipop. Easy peasy. Now the actual marrow aspiration is a fairly strong, but dull pain for 2-3 seconds, then it's gone. They might need 2-3 samples, but maybe not.

      The thing is, like the website YELP, you rarely hear about the good or the best, only the worst.

      about 1 month ago
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      I had one done over 30 years ago, what I remember about it is they told me that they could deaden the area around the hip, but couldn't deaden the bone. But, I shouldn't feel much because they would give me a shot and some other medicine that would make me forget that period of time. It was strange, but it worked. I don't remember much about that whole day. All in all, it wasn't that bad of a procedure.

      about 1 month ago
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      I was not given any medications and if I were to need it again, I would for sure ask for some. The Dr numbed the area and numbed the area around the bone, but it was a "blind" test, so when she went back in to take the marrow she missed the numbed spot. She said " I missed" I was like, " you think!?" I would definitly ask for something to make you less anxious.

      about 1 month ago
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    Have any of you used Proton Therapy?

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      I've only known of a couple prostate cancer patients who had that type radiation.

      2 months ago
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      Proton Radiation was part of my treatment plan at Loma Linda. It was critical that I not move during the treatments. Most of the other patients were prostate or breast cancer. There was one person with liver cancer. I had gall bladder cancer. It is hard for me to compare with regular radiation as I have not had that. They explained to me that they could be more accuarate with the protaon radiation and there are lots of vital organs near where the target was so I think it was the best option.

      2 months ago
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      The side effects of regular radiation have left me nearly handicapped. I have had a mild stroke, lost all my teeth, have swallowing problems, and have had my esophagus stretched once, and am scheduled to have it done again. From what I have been told, this type of radiation for my type of cancer wouldn't have caused all of these side effects. But, there are no facilities around me that have it. The closest would be Nashville, and driving once a day isn't feasible.

      2 months ago
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