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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my mother had a fall in ...when she got home she went to the hospital. she was told that she had broken a bone in her neck and the other bones in her neck are very soft, also when when had a ct scan it was showing up white spots in her liver and lungs. the doctors have also discovered a blood clot in her lung and she is on oxygen 24/7. we are all terrified its cancer and what kind of cancer it can be, can you tell us any information that can help us please?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   have you got my question?
Doctor :   May I know the age of your mother?
User :   59
Doctor :   Was a biopsy obtained from the tissue?
User :   not yet
Doctor :   Ok
User :   waiting on the mri scan
Doctor :   A cancer is a possibility, however they can be diagnosed by investigations alone.
Doctor :   One needs specific tests such as a biopsy or MRI's to diagnose it.
Doctor :   Its difficult to diagnose a cancer without this.
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you to wait till the results of these test come.
User :   is it more likely to be cancer as there is white spots on both the liver and the lungs?
Doctor :   As I mentioned its difficult to differentiate a cancer on a ct scan as they look similar to calcifications.
Doctor :   A MRI is a better diagnostic tool in differentiating from others
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you to get the MRI done.
User :   ok hopefully she is getting that today when will we get the results of the mri?
Doctor :   More clear picture will be obtained from it.
User :   ok hopefully she is getting that today when will we get the results of the mri?
Doctor :   You will be getting those reports the same day.
User :   ok thanks very much
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   the blood clot in her lung
User :   they can not thin the blood because of how her neck is, how will they treat it?
Doctor :   A small blood clots will resolve on its own.
Doctor :   However larger blood clots will need treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   not sure on the size how will they treat a large blood clot?
User :   if they cant thin the blood
Doctor :   The risk of the clot and the fracture both are weighed together.
Doctor :   if the risk from the blood clot is high, the doctors will use the choice of blood thining medications.
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   bye
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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