Spread of cancer to the bones, particularly the spine and pelvic bones. Pain may be caused by cancer weakening the bone or by invading the surrounding nerves.
Usually begins as feeling of tenderness in the affected bone. This may progress to severe pain, which can be constant, or continues at night. Some patients can also get shooting pain down the leg on walking, also known as radicular pain, due to cancer invading the nerves exiting the spine.
Spread of cancer cells to the bones. Some cancer spread more often to the bone than others, for example kidney and breast cancer.
If you or your love ones with a background of cancer exhibit such symptoms, your doctor will ask for a CT scan or an MRI, which will diagnose the problem.
Your doctor and the staff caring for you will instruction you as to when to fast the day before the procedure. If you are on any antiplatelet medications, e.g. aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix), or blood thinning medications like warfarin or low molecular weight heparin (Claxane), you will be asked to stop these medications at the appropriate intervals before the procedure.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, these percutaneous procedures can be performed as day surgery cases or may require 1-2 nights hospitalisation. Some patients can resume normal activities / weightbearing as tolerated with a few days but more severe cases may need further assistance.
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