Patient Comments: Bone Marrow Biopsy - Indication

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Comment from: DonCOP, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 06

I am being treated for stage IV bone metastasis following prostate cancer treatment that was successful from 41 direct radiation treatments. The bone cancer is not reacting to treatment for prostate cancer. Suspicion is bone cancer is a separate cancer. Three bone marrow aspiration biopsies were performed on significant lesions. Each sample was benign. Now the radiologist will not treat bone cancer and oncologist has no cancer reading on prostate. The blood shows cancer somewhere in bone, but we don’t know where!

Comment from: Arlene, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 04

My oncology doctor told me it was very important to do the bone marrow aspiration biopsy. All of my blood tests indicated I had the diagnosis of acute leukemia. By doing the biopsy they would be able to identify what kind. I will be going for a second opinion next week. All records will be there. I will be having transfusions tomorrow. I am 77 years old and this was discovered when I went in for my yearly physical. The doctor told me I am too old for stem cell and other types of chemotherapy. I will see what the 2nd opinion doctor says. I am not symptomatic right now except for severe weakness, difficulty in breathing, and feeling tired. The biopsy went wonderfully for me!

Comment from: Valerie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy today for my blood cell counts being consistently off. The first part when they took the liquid/soft marrow was very painful and I had an IV of drugs, Xanax to take the edge off and the doctor numbed it up very well. The second part where they core the bone and hard part of the marrow felt weird but wasn't painful and since my bones are very hard it took more than one try. If you can be put under for this do it. My doctor and nurses were great. It's just painful, it only lasts a few seconds but feels like forever.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I felt a large lump in my groin area. I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 15 years ago and it was stage 2. They did a PET scan and now it is back. This time it is stage 3 or 4. They did a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration. I don't know exactly why they did this, except to determine whether it is stage 3 or 4. I don't know what the purpose of this test was, or what else it shows. I was hoping this site would tell me. I don't know if the treatment for stage 3 would be any different from stage 4. Anyway, if you feel a lump go to the doctor as soon as possible. There are really very few signs of lymphoma. I was just lucky I guess in finding the lump when I did.

Comment from: #THEKINGSKID, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I was experiencing some swelling in my ankles, hands, and feet. I went to a walk-in clinic, thinking I was having a reaction to my medications. I had blood work, EKG, Stomach CT scan, urine lab test, and chest x-rays. The only answer was my WBC counts were 25,000, with no apparent infection or diagnosis. A few days later I had more CBCs done and was sent to a hematologist/oncologist. I got the (CML) diagnosis on 07/09/2014. My doctor said you have chronic myelogenous leukemia. I had my bone marrow aspiration biopsy on Tuesday (07/22/2014). I was informed that the biopsy will help determine a definite phase and help to administer the correct dosage of medication. I have started taking Gleevec 400 mg, 1 pill per day for life. I will return to my doctor tomorrow (07/28/2014) for my bone marrow biopsy results. I hope my information will help someone in their journey with a CML diagnosis or other kinds of cancer.

Comment from: L D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I recently had my 5th bone marrow aspiration biopsy. My 4th one went really easy in about 15 minutes with a doctor that did it twice before. This time I had a new doctor do it and it took 40 minutes and was the most horrific pain I have ever endured. I felt the pain relieving medication shot was not enough and I lay there and took that horrific pain for 40 minutes. I will never do that again unless it is because my life is in jeopardy. No more testing while I'm in so called remission.

Comment from: bengi, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I had a bone marrow aspiration done 10 days ago. I am crippled in pain since they damaged muscle tissue. I'm on painkillers but they are only hiding, not solving the problem. I'm in bed since and was told it would pass after a day or 2. If anything it is getting worse. I was brought to Accident and Emergency last Friday, and again 2 to 3 days rest now. I’m on day 4, still no ease.

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