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Posted by LorieB on October 29, 2000 at 07:43:12:

In Reply to: radiation posted by Tom on October 18, 2000 at 08:31:22:

: my mom took chemo/radiation about 4 months ago. she started having back pain about 1.5 months ago. she got a cat scan & a bone scan and they didnt find any cancer or anything else that could be causing the pain. the doctors told her that the pain is from the radiation she had. the pain sometimes is bad and sometimes isnt even there. anyone familiar with this??

Hi Tom:

I read your post, and first let me congratulate your mom on her clear tests results. You did not mention what type of cancer she had; so I will assume it was invasive enough that the doctor's felt
she needed both treatment options.

Let me first say, that I am not a medical expert. I only base my conclusions or thoughts because I have had radiation and know from first hand experience
the long-term and short term affects.

It is quite possible that the pain she is experiencing is from the radiation. Keep in mind that although the areas of concern where vital organs are are protected by
lead shields there is also a good possibility that that radiation covers areas that are not in need of exposure. I myself received higher doses of what they
referred to as mantle radiotherapy back in the 70's when doses that were given in a therapeutic value were much higher. I myself did not have any bone pain per se; but since that 20 years ago
I have had many side affects related to my treatment; so your Mom has to be vigilant in documenting everything that happens to her in the years to come. I understand that chemo can have some
lasting affects as well; while I did not receive chemotherapy, many of my pals that had, have also
experienced some problems.

My best advice is to have your Mom keep a journal; and be very pro-active in her quest to be completely diseased free. I wish her and you the best.

You can email me if you like, and tell you some specific things that she may want to aware of in years to come.

Peace Lorie

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