Hello my name is Cyndi,
My husband 51 has just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He had rectal cancer seven years ago and has been cancer free for six years. They are saying that the rare sarcoma is due to the radiation he received for the rectal cancer. Very rare side effect apparently but we always seem to fall into Murphy’s law, 🙁 It is on his left hip iliac and moving downward to the sacrum. He’s very active in excellent health and a small place in his hip started to have pain around the May time frame stopping him from playing tennis. He thought it was a disk issue and consulted several ortho and did two rounds of physical therapy with no real improvement. The ortho brushed it off and said he just has an 60 year old back in a 50 year old person but I’m glad my husband pushed him for more and finally got an MRI. Anyhow, we are just started on this journey (once again) and it sounds much worse as it’s so rare and my philosophy is get to the best medical team possible and is dealing and seeing the type of cancer frequently. That said we are fortunate somewhat to live in the Chicago suburbs but even in several highly respected research hospitals here these specialists are rare. It seems University of Chicago is the best and we are working on getting a consult there quickly. From my research, of course the big 3 Mayo, Anderson, and Ketterling sound like they have the most experience in seeing the rare “hip” bone cancer but because it’s so rare I was wondering if anyone had experience with this type of cancer and your experiences or thoughts on the three hospitals. We need to get this analysis and consults done quickly obviously to start treatment. My husband has the most positive attitude which is amazing . With the rectal cancer he endured the chemo, radiation, and two operations and kept on with his normal life and even improved his tennis game (he’s a high level player) including the 3 months he had an ostomey bag. I think he only missed 4 days of work which was when he was in the hospital. He treats it like a injury and knows he’s just got to do what the Dr. say and things will get better. He’s a fighter for sure. We have a 13 year old and 11 year old who we told yesterday and handled it well as we will let family know this weekend. Any advice or experience with this type cancer (good or bad) is appreciated. Thanks so much.
@wendy76 I hope you are doing well. Sounds like you should be 2 months in now. I know how you feel with the two young children. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.