Topic: Referred Pain
My husband was diagnosed in November 2011 with stage IV CC. It was quite by accident that the cancer was discovered. He was experiencing some pain in the kidney area and had been on a weightloss regimen that involved high protein drinks (preparation for gastric sleeve weight reduction surgery). A CT was done of the kidney and something was noted in a far margin of the scan. After a contrast CT, further tests were ordered (PET / CT), which showed several highlighted suspicious lesions. This was followed by a liver biopsy. The biopsy confirmed CC and the associated masses in several locations (lungs, liver, near the pancreas head) classified this as stage IV. We were so shocked. To this day he is still asymptomatic. He has gone through several rounds of chemo with a few different drug combinations. Now he is looking at a Cyberknife procedure to keep one of the tumors from infitrating the bile duct and causing a problem.
He is continuing to experience pain near the lower portion of the rib cage on both sides radiating from the back to the front. Has anyone had experience with this? Nothing on the scans shows lesions in that area. CT scans have not shown anything. The Dr. wanted to do a PET scan, but this was rejected by the insurance since it was not part of the "standard protocol".