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I think you're doing exactly the right thing in getting it checked out. Hopefully it is not the cancer returning, but if it is, then obviously you want to know as soon as possible, so you can get cracking on it second time around.I'm afraid I don't know enough about bone mets (as my husband did not have them) but I know a lot of people here do have experience of them, either as patients or carers. I'm glad you are getting an X-ray done, but personally, unless the X-ray is conclusively NOT cancer (and I'm sorry, maybe X rays can't say that definitively!), then I can't see the point in making you wait several weeks for the bone scan. I appreciate that NHS funds are always stretched, but this, after all, potentially cancer we are talking about, not something that can be safely left to see if it goes away on its own!
Again, others here may well be able to give you much better answers, but I would think it only prudent to get a scan done anyway, unless the X ray can 100% rule out cancer. If there is, say, a waiting time anyway to get bone scans done, isn't it better to 'get in the queue' straight away, so the minimum amount of time is lost before a clear, unambiguous diagnosis is made.
All the very best, and here's hoping it IS just something like post-chemo effects.
Hi All, thanks for all the advice. I had the hip x-ray & it showed up nothing at all . My oncologists first response was that its a reaction to the damage done by chemo; the x-ray has backed that up so I'm feeling much happier. Its hard not to think every ache & pain is something bad but I'm trying to be sensible! The hospital has been very good and have said if I'm at all doubtful or if the pain is still there in a couple of weeks them I'm to go in for more tests. So I'm happy with that! They were really quick about it all too which I think is great that they're sensitive to how I'm feeling. Dee, even now, nearly a year after my lobectomy my nerves are still on their way back to life!! So I know that can go on for a long time around the wound etc. I've not got the feeling back in a few places yet but I think over time that will improve. I think the PET scan shows everything up doesn't it? Mine just showed the lung problem too so I think thats good news! I'm feeling good this weekend, (I've learnt which positions make my hip go bad!) and we're about to have a bbq in the sunshine. It may sound a bit 'touchy-feely' but after everything, a simple thing like nice weather & a bbq makes me feel stupidly happy!! I hope everyone is managing to enjoy the weekend and the sunshine. XXX
Hey! How's the excercise going Dee? Are you getting on a bit further now? If you're out & about shopping then you're definitely well on the way to mending!!
I've still got the pain in my hip & the other day it was really bad & shooting pains down my leg so I've telephoned the hospital & they're sending me for the bone scan this time. Just to be on the safe side! (I hope!!). So I'm just waiting for my appointment. Fingers crossed!! I told my dad about it & said its probably fine & he replied without thinking "that's what they said last time", he was so shocked that he'd said it outloud to me, and quickly said "I realised as I was speaking that I shouldn't say that!". I had to laugh at him!! I know he's worried & was a bit panicky but its a good job I wasn't emotionally charged at the time!! You've got to see the funny side...!
Take care all xxx
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