My husband is a strong 56 year old man who was never sick until this past summer when diagnosed with Lymphoma stage 4. He went through aggressive chemo and is in remission after a long 6 months! He has suffered a couple compression fractures of his spine and now after a Dexa Scan we learn his spine T-score is -3.4 and his hips are -2.7.
I know steroids can cause bone loss. He had one with each treatment so once every 3 weeks. Do the chemo drugs themselves also affect bones?
He has another strike against him. His mom had those same fractures at age 60 and his sister had her ribs break from leaning on them at age 45! Never thought he, being a guy was at risk but we did notice he lost about an inch of height in the last 10 years.
Has anyone heard what the LOWEST T-Score numbers are? Do they go as low as -8 or worse? If so, then maybe 3.4 isn't as bad. Just curious
Anyone else out there have any experience with cancer treatments affecting their bones? Any Men? I think he could use support from other men. He feels like he has a women's disease.
Do bone meds IMPROVE bone density or only prevent further deterioration?