Lung cancer met in adrenal gland

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March 10, 2018 at 6:06 am  #1294067    

sheri77

I have bad pain from an adrenal gland met. My doc says I shouldn’t have pain it’s too small roughly 2 x 1.5 cm has anyone had this stabbing pain? I came off of tarceva last week after 3.5 years and started tagrisso I sure hope it will help with this pain soon.

March 11, 2018 at 9:13 am  #1294072    
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Hi sheri,

Welcome to GRACE. I’m sorry to hear about the pain you’re experiencing. It is possible for an adrenal gland metastasis to cause pain, but as GRACE’s Dr. Loiselle has said “With regard to her back pain, it is indeed uncommon for adrenal metastases to cause pain, unless they are very large, or invading close toward the spine or other nearby structures.”http://cancergrace.org/forums/index.php?topic=11280.msg92902#msg92902

So there is the possibility that the location, rather than size, which could be causing your problem. As Dr. Loiselle further stated:

“Adrenal lesions are often amenable to stereotactic radiosurgery, but we typically treat them when they are the only site of metastasis, or one of only a few sites of metastasis and the primary cancer is otherwise controlled. Thus, it is treatable, but I am not sure if it is the cause of the pain. Hopefully your physicians can continue to look into this thoroughly and figure out the source of the pain. In some circumstances, a “nerve block” is another option (usually performed by an anesthesiologist).”

I hope that your doctors can find a way to alleviate your pain.

JimC
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Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
Since then: http://cancergrace.org/blog/jim-and-lisa

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