Please help reduce my stressing...test results may indicate cancer
Hello. 40 year old male. I was just given a report by a radiologist stating that I have extensive hypointense marrow replacement in about half of my tibia, with a heterogeneous signal. I also have a soft tissue mass of 4cm x 2cm x 1cm abutting the same upper tibia. He states these findings are concerning for a malignancy, such as lymphoma, or a bacterial infection.
I have an appointment with an orthopedic oncologist in four days, but I’m seriously stressing and trying to decipher as much of the report as possible in the meantime. What I really want to know is if there are other outcomes besides cancer, especially since I found an article online stating that bone marrow lesions discovered by MRI’s are quite common?
Also, the soft tissue mass can be felt right underneath my kneecap on the outside of my leg, and is painful to the touch. My understanding is most cancerous tumors are not painful.