Dad finshed 4 cycles of alimta/cisplatin 5 weeks ago. More than 2 weeks ago started having a little back pain. Since about 2 weeks ago pain is severe.
On the scan taken about 2 weeks ago it shows a T10 anterior wedge compression fracture but no discussion took place about this. A week ago went to GP and Dad was given My-paid forte (Ibuprofen 400 mg Paracetamol 325 mg) which seemed to give pain relief for up to 6 hours. Finished a box of this and GP suggested Dad see the oncologist. Went to oncologist and after examination and looking at scan again was told that there seems to cancer in the spine too.
He is now going to have radiation to the spine and also to the suspected lung primary which has increased in size during the 4 chemos. Oncologist put Dad on Tramacert which does not help at all for the pain, but Dad is too afraid to take mypaid forte because oncologist said it causes constipation and Dad has been struggling with this having to take Pico prep twice now in 2 weeks. AFter pico prep stomach works, then nothing again.
Have read Dr Wests posts on bone metastasis http://cancergrace.org/lung/2007/02/17/bone-metastases-in-lung-cancer-an... and http://cancergrace.org/lung/category/lung-cancer/general-lung-cancer-iss...
Sorry for being so long winded, but thought you might need some background. At some point would Dad need to have the fracture repaired? The oncologist did not say it must be repaired, but that surgery is an option. After radiation even if it should help with the pain what happens subsequently with the fracture?
Dad is still driving on his own despite the pain. Is this normal and ok?
Am starting to feel very afraid for him. Since first cancer there has been spread to adrenal gland and solid mass in opposite kidney. Now in spine as well. :(