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Posted by artemis on August 18, 2000 at 06:36:42:

In Reply to: cancer moving from one place to the other posted by fran on August 17, 2000 at 17:26:24:

Fran,
Yes, there is such a thing as a bone scan. My husband just had one yesterday. He has been complaining of back pain-he has lung cancer. Lung cancer is prone to metastasize to the bone. I don't know if esophageal cancer metastasizes to the bone. Cancers that metastasize to other parts of the body are treated the same as the primary cancer. So, when a primary cancer is present, there is less need to do a bone marrow bioposy. The scan is painless. She will be given a radioactive injection and have to wait three hours. Then she will be passed through a dough-nut shaped machine. It is not enclosed like an MRI and is very quiet.


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