Patient Comments: Bone Cancer - Treatment

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Comment from: jess, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

My mother who is 45 this year was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 in October 2008 when the doctor found a lump in her ribcage and had it removed. She then had chemotherapy for a while before considering alternative treatments; one which she took for two months was ozone treatment. The treatment involved clearing the toxic elements from the blood and then pumping pure oxygen into the blood. The treatment helped her regain strength, improve digestive system and also appetite. We were happy to see her having meals. However not long after she began coughing and experiencing breathing issues, which then the doctor confirmed liquid formed in both her lungs. She then had some removed, the water keeps reforming but till today we don’t know if the ozone treatment somehow contributed to it. She then continued with chemo and also has a huge tumor in her breast but doctor still finds her unfit for a surgery. We recently discovered that her terrible leg pain is just more than pain. we are hoping that the doctor will be able to treat that effectively and then hopefully she will be fit for the surgery as its hard watching her going through so much pain and unable to do anything to help her at all. It’s hard to tell her each time don’t give up, you are going to be better when she's crying in pain. To other patients with loss of appetite, would kindly like to suggest you to dine with family and friends in different locations and different type of food compared to what you usually have. Maybe some Chinese style stews or soup, notorious but different. It helps when everyone around you eats with you.

Comment from: Vanessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I found out June, 09 that I had osteosarcoma. I started chemo a few weeks later. I am a 33 year old female which makes this very rare. Mine was a high rate cancer. There have been many times when I wanted to give up. Family and friends mean well but unless I’ve ever been to hell and back u really can't understand what it's like. Even the doctors can't understand what you are going through. I've had the bone in my leg from about 6 inches above my knee to right above my ankle and my complete knee replaced with mostly metal, this was done Nov. 21. Today is Jan 19th, and I just took my 1st steps (with the brace). Still have some more chemo and waiting for my hair to grow back, but today I'm cancer free and I still have both legs. I will never b able to run again, but I'll be able to watch my children grow. So please if you have cancer don’t ever give up the fight. You can win the battle no matter how hard it is or how depressed you get.

Comment from: Wendy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 27

My father was diagnosed with bone cancer related to his prostate. They are treating him with hormone therapy. They say if this therapy works he could survive at least five years. The cancer is in his back, legs, and ribs.

Comment from: Jean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. I underwent lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. In 2008 I noticed a lump on my sternum. My breast cancer had metastasized to my liver and bones. In 2008 I started chemo again, and medication for the bone cancer. Now in 2010 the tumor in my sternum has started to increase in size. I have been on various chemo meds. Once the tumors do not respond to that particular med, my doctor tries another chemo med or combo of meds. The tumors in my liver have not grown much in the past 2 years. This is the first that the tumor in my sternum has changed since 2008.

Comment from: Jennie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I first had breast cancer, and they removed all my right lymph nodes. Unfortunately, it had gone to the bone. I had no other tumors. I received no chemo or radiation. I had a lumpectomy in my right breast. I was given Femara daily and Zometa, a bone strengthener, monthly. My PET scan showed shrinkage in the bone tumor. It was mostly in my lower back. I responded well to this medicine, and they are continuing it.

Comment from: missing dad, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 07

My father was also treated with hormone therapy for prostate cancer. He developed lung cancer and we found out after that, that hormone treatment accelerates lung cancer. He passed away 2 months after finding the lung cancer. I suggest you get more information on hormone therapy before it's too late.

Comment from: Lore Warren, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and have had reoccurrences since then with cancer in the liver and cancer in the bones such as the spine. About 2 months ago I could not lift my right arm and have limited use with both upper arms, but especially the right upper arm gives me a lot of pain and I am on daily pain medication. An X-Ray was taken but showed nothing. I seem to hold my own regarding the cancer count going back and forth from the 300 to the 200 not the 39 which is what should be the norm for the cancer count.

Comment from: roxanne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I was just diagnosed with bone, liver, pancreatic, spleen cancer and I know have a tumor growing in my stomach. I am only 25 years old they told me they didn't know how long I have. I also have a 7 year old daughter. I had a 17pound tumor removed from my body in 09 that leaked cancerous fluid I did 6 chemo treatments they told me I was cancer free! And now here I lay helpless. I am going to a cancer specialist on the 24th to do test drugs. Never give up hope not me not you or anyone for that matter. God loves us all and you have to have faith. Even if there's no chance.

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Comment from: Mother, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 14

My son had osteosarcoma. We started with three chemo sessions over a period of three months. Then they evaluated the tumor to see if it shrunk. Unfortunately, it did not. The cancer already did too much damage to his left femur. They amputated the leg about 10 cm above the knee. A week later, he had to go back in for the test result that showed that there was still cancer. So they unhooked the bone from the hip and just left him a flap. He went in for further chemo treatments, and after another three sessions, he was tested. Chemo was not working. The cancer was spreading all over. We got the news last year on his birthday that the chemo was not working. He passed away in January of '08. The last three months of his life were terrible. He was paralyzed from the waste down. Terrible bumps came up everywhere over his body where tumors formed, especially on his back and on his chest and ribs. If I had to rate the pain level it would definitely rate a 10. I think it is a terrible death for a child of 15. Nothing could have prepared us for what we went through. Although we were prepared for what was going to happen to him, it still was terrible.

Comment from: towetow, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer, that will eventually turn into multiple myeloma, I’ve had 10 treatments of radiation to shrink tumors in my lower spinal lumbar, but I’m nauseated all the time after treatments of radiation, also I have no appetite, and can’t taste food and I am losing weight rapidly I’m down to 200 lbs from 255 I’ve lost 45m lbs. since I was diagnosed, is there anything that can be done to correct this, any help would be appreciated.

Comment from: Nathaniel Cruz, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 09

My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 of bone cancer after having had an accident resulting from her right leg bone concussion. After a series of checks and laboratory testing, they found out that it was already metastasis and on the stage 4 of bone cancer. My mother usually complaints about the severe pain on her legs before the accident but the doctors upon series of checkups inform us that it is only a sign of aging, Rheumatic and arthritis.

Comment from: sherry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

After removal of my ovaries 8 years ago, I immediately had pain in my lower back since then it has spread to my spine my hips and my knees now I feel exasperating pain in every bone in my body. I would urge any women to never have there ovaries removed!

Comment from: Nikola, 19-24 Male Published: August 17

My friend's brother is going through osteosarcoma hell. Unfortunately the treatment did not work, now he has it everywhere, mostly in his spine and skull. He is not giving up though. He stopped going for his chemo therapy and now we are trying a different one. It contains vegetable juices, a lot of calcium and other medication that cost my friend $5000 dollars. Now it is all up to him, he is okay with the option of not making it but he is not giving up. None of us are. Strength to all people who are going through this hell.

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