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Old 09-07-2004, 11:19 AM   #1
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tumor on spine

Hello, i just wanted any input you all can give me....in may my mom (64yrs old -50 yrs of smoking) was told she had she had heniated discs. today she had an mri before she sees the specialist on friday for the discs.the doctor called me as soon as we got home and told me that the mri showed that she has a masticized tumor above the herniated discs and it is the same kind that they find in people with lung cancer so now they will be checking into that also. 6 of my mothers siblings had cancer of one sort or the other. tomorrow i go back to the dr with the xrays and mris to have another dr look at them then on to the back specialist on friday. i guess i am just wondering does this sound familiar to anyone..i am kinda just in shock and feel like i have been sidelined by a rhino. when they called i expected themn to maybe say she had worse back probnlems than we thaught but i never thaught it would be cancer

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Old 09-10-2004, 07:44 AM   #2
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Re: tumor on spine

Dear Gypsysmith:

Your story sounds almost the same as my moms story. To make a long story short, my mom was not feeling well (pain in her leg and shoulder area). I took her to the doctor and he thought it was a herniated disc also (god, I wish it had only been that). Then had to take her for an mri, etc. The dr. calls us on a Friday saying there are tumors on her spine and we had to rush to the dr. because they were concerned about spinal cord compression. She had cancer in her lungs, on her spine and hip and 3 tumors in her brain. She passed away a month later from septic shock (she was admitted 2 times, for a week each time, and the radiation and chemo lowered her immune system. Now that I look back, it was a blessing because she would have suffered tremendously and she went peacefully with me at her side. I miss her so much and it amazes me how the cancer can spread so quickly. If you would like any further information, please let me know.

 
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:15 PM   #3
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My brother in law had a tumor on his spine. . secondary cancer. Primary was lung, it spread to his bones, then organs. It was terrible. He was diagnosed July 6 and passed away 6 weeks later. It was fast..so fast. We are still in shock.

 
Old 09-14-2004, 03:17 AM   #4
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Thank you both for your posts.I am so sorry for your losses, I know what you neam about this all going so fast. Mom was diagnosed with the spinal tumor on a tuesday, we saw the neurologist on a friday, now less than a week later she is having surgury for the tumor tomorrow. 2 days ago they found the initial cancer ( we think) in her lung. we still havent had a bone scan, complete body mri or cat scan. they just said this is so severe that they need it done NOW. Since 6 of her siblings died from cancer it doesnt seem to be a big shock to her, it is like she expected it sooner or later. me...my head is still spinning.

 
Old 10-04-2004, 06:38 PM   #5
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Here is an update....mom had spinal surgury and had the tumor removed in a 8 hr operation. she has lost alot of the feeling in her left leg and her right arm now shakes alot. she goes tomorrow for her stitches to come out and to find out where else the cancer has spread. she has been living we me, my husband and 3 kids and is slowly on the mend from the surgury. her spirits are up even though she knows how bad this all is. it is like she knows what is wrong with her now and she can deal with it. she is going to think over all her medical options and decide for herself and not let the drs rush her. she says she would rather have a week feeling ok, than a month hooked to needles and machines. i will let you all know what else we find out after tomorrow.

 
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