stand4hope Posted June 3, 2004 Share Posted June 3, 2004 I was going to add this to Fay's wonderful post today about shoulder pain, but I decided it applies to all bone pain caused by mets, so I've started a new thread. My husband has learned he now has cancer in his shoulder. We met with the radiation oncologist today and he showed us the films where there is a hole in the bone where the cancer has eaten clear through the bone. He said the radiation would hopefully take away the excruciating pain after 8-10 treatments, but sometimes it takes longer - sometimes up to 6 weeks. I asked him how the radiation was going to help the pain with that hole in the bone. This is the way it works: The bone is trying to heal itself, but the cancer is so aggressive that the bone doesn't have a chance. With the radiation, they kill the cancer and with the cancer out of the way, the bone immediately begins to mend. I know many of you probably already knew this, but I didn't and thought it was quite enlightening. God bless you all, Peggy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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