My grandfather, who had stomach cancer, died and was cremated, and some of his bones were stained green (after cremation). We were told that it was the effect of chemotherapy.
Has anyone seen something like this, and what exactly was the chemotherapy doing specifically to cause this staining? And what would the color have been prior to the intense heat of the oven (I’m assuming the heat also changed the color of the stains?)
I’m a pharmacist and have never heard of this! I do know that some radiopharmaceuticals can make the bones slightly radioactive (Metastron is the first that comes to mind) but those are rarely used and I wouldn’t have handled them anyway. That might make them fluoresce, but turn green? The only green (as in the color, not the woo philosophy) chemo drug I can recall is Mustargen, and that’s used almost exclusively for leukemia and lymphoma, and I don’t recall it staining tissues or bodily discharges.
How bright was the green color?
BTW, I Googled “green chemotherapy” and a few other phrases, and all I got were links to the OP and a lot of crunchy granola websites.
Wouldn’t it be possible that his ashes got mixed around with something else in the oven like maybe some metal residue or something.
If not that I would say maybe exposure to something in his environment during his lifetime like copper or iron. This forensics pdf I found mentions that when bodies are burned intact, the soft tissues help to preserve some colorations in the bones that might otherwise not be preserved.