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Spinal Metastases

Are there any members with spinal metastases? I'm a 4-time sarcoma patient and now the cancer has metastasized to my spine.

I'm going in for a spinal fusion t-9 to l-3, laminectomy and spondylectomy (t12) in a couple of weeks. I'm quite scared and I don't know what the future holds. I'm just hoping there's no damage to my spinal cord during this surgery but that's a real possibility given how invasive this surgery will be.


  • Jim:

    I am not where you are, but I have experienced the detection/confirmation of prostate cancer followed by the subsequent tests to determine if it metastasized. It took about one week for results and that was the longest week of my life (to date). Prostate cancer heads one of two directions - the lymph system or the skeletal system. Fortunately, mine had yet to migrate and was contained to the prostate. Radical prostatectomy was the solution, but I still have that latent fear that just one cancer cell escaped and camped out in my spine.

    Ironically, my prostate cancer was discovered because I underwent a physical exam in preparation for spinal fusion. Had I not elected to undergo spinal fusion I would have not had the exam and I would most likely now be undergoing pallitive treatment for bone cancer because my prostate was pretty much consumed with cancer and it would not have been much longer before those bad boys took a hike. So when anyone ever asks me if I made the right decision about spinal fusion my answer is always YES.

    Good luck my friend.

    Another Jim and another cancer survivor.
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