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Topic: pet-scan shows bone legions not sure what to do

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss — Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 05:24PM

maryds wrote:

Hi I am posting this question for my mom. She had a pet-scan and it's showing bone lesions. Doctor mentioned hip? I was so overwhelmed. She had ER+ breast cancer, and I read that this type of cancer is more likely to metastases to bones. She got the pet scan because there was an enlarged lymph node near the lung. It looks like the lung is fine.

She is 67 years old and previous bone scan was showing degenerating activities at multiple sites.

I am kind of freaking out. She has been doing so well after the surgery and she has no symptoms no pain or anything regarding bone and joints.

Can the pet scan be wrong? Can mets to bone be managed? Help~

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Apr 12, 2019 08:44PM vlnrph wrote:

My PET scans lit up like Christmas trees, the first one anyway. I think they are pretty accurate in terms of showing rapidly metabolizing cells which are using glucose. An area of injury and the brain all register accordingly.

Certainly, bone mets are manageable. Go ahead and look at the thread on the Stage IV forum. Prognosis tends to be better for those with skeletal lesions vs lung or liver. Ideally, a biopsy would be done to confirm that the newly detected spots are still estrogen receptor positive because hormonal status can determine treatment.

Many of get tumor marker blood tests periodically to assess response to therapy - something to ask the doctor about. It's good your mom has a concerned daughter to help her through this!

IDC too! 🎻💊👪🐩 🇫🇮 🌹🦋 Rt MX+DIEP 4-2011; ALND 5-2011 d/t micromets; TC X 4; tamoxifen; lymphedema 9-2011; switch to letrozole 3-2014 for 1 yr; bone mets 8-2018: Zometa, rads to spine, Faslodex/Versenio Dx 3/7/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 17, 2019 06:21AM maryds wrote:

Thank you! :)

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