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Diagnosed with bladder cancer, MRI and CAT scan found spot on hip bone and lung. What is it?

My 85 -year old father who has been in very good health all of his life was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and he has never smoked in his life. They did an mri and cat scan last week and we found out 2 days ago there is a spot on his hip bone and one on his lung , but said his lymph nodes had no signs of cancer. He is having a bone biopsy Monday, are the chances of this also being cancer likely even though his lymph nodes showed clear?
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Urinary bladder cancer usually gives metastases to lymph nodes(in 15-25% of cases). Other metastases are rare and include lungs, liver and bones. But as every cancer is different, it is always possible that this spots are metastases. That is why he is going to have biopsy. But the chances that he is having metastases in bones when the lymph nodes are clear, are very very low.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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