How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by Lubella on Mon Jun 04, 2012 07:23 AM
My dad was diagnosed 7 months ago with metastatic lung cancer, spreading to his spleen and bone (the spreading to his bones includes some of his ribs, 3 spots on his spine, breastbone, pelvis and lower back)
He received a course of 6 chemo treatments 21 days apart,and it seems as if the cancer is under control at the moment, as no further spreading has shown up on his scans.
He did however experienced a lot of pain from the mets to his bones, especially breastbone and pelvis/lower back, so the oncologist suggested radiation therapy to the painful bone spots, and he received 12 palliative radiation therapy sessions (6 to the lower back and pelvis, and 6 to the breastbone and correlating vertebrae spot) it is now 4 weeks since his last radiation therapy treatment (which I must say gave him almost 95 % relief from the pain on the lower back which is great!) but now, 5 weeks after his last radiation therapy, he is struggling with a very light blood platelet count. Last count was 24. His white and red blood counts is fine, only the platelet count that is low.
The oncologist is very confident that the low platelet count is caused by the radiation that was done to the bone areas, as it will automatically have an inpact on the bone marrow, but she also said that should his count not pick up by this week wednesday, we will have to do a bone marrow test to see what the cause is.... she did mention that should the reason not be the radiation, there might be a slight chance that the cancer has metastised to his bone marrow.....
I have tried to google lung cancer metastised to bone marrow but is struggling to find information online. Has anyone experienced this or have anyone any advise or information, should this be the case that the cancer has spread to the bone marrow, what are we looking at.....?
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