How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by Jinxie on Thu Sep 08, 2011 06:18 PM
I usually post in the Kidney Cancer section, but since the concern is now bone mets, I'm here.. hope someone can help!
My father had his left kidney removed a few years ago.. He is stage IV RCC - Then Sept 2010 - we found out it spread to his left femur bone and both lungs. He's had 4 surgeries since then.. removed all the tumors and had a total left knee replacement as well as most of his left femur bone removed. The tumor on his femur bone had ate a hole through the bone and had caused it to fracture, he now has a rod in place of his femur .. well most of his femur.
He recently (as in a couple of weeks ago) had a bone scan and CT Scan w/ Dye done (whole body) and it came back good, no signs of any more mets. The insur company refused a PETSCAN .. (whatever!) .. So now, he was having serve pain in his left hip.. an Orthopedic DR had an X-Ray done and saw major arthritis.. AND a "shaded/shadow spot" on his hip. Since he doesn't know what it is.. He is ordering a CT SCAN. Which has yet to be done, since he is meeting with the Ortho surgeon who did his knee/femur on Monday. They'll see about doing it then..
My main question is.. Is it possible that that spot is a tumor? Would the DR know? And would the other 2 tests he just had pick that up ?? Can the X-Ray show what the others didn't? And Why order another CATSCAN? I'm confused!
If anyone has any input, I'd appreciate it - thank you
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