• endometrial cancer

    Asked by Ywhitton on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    endometrial cancer

    Hello,
    I have a question regarding my scan. This is the first scan since ending my treatment in March 2016. there are two nodules in my lung, very small, 2mm and 3mm. Did anyone have this experience and where are they now. I will see the dr. tomorrow and I want to ask for a pet scan also. I was told by the nurse practitioner that they would scan again in three months. I don't want to wait that long. Any information would be appreciated.

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    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      Lung nodule diagnosis is problematic. They can be inflamed and not be metastasized cancer. PET/CT scans can show additional radioisotope uptake in areas that are inflamed. These nodules of yours are extremely small. It might be difficult to get a decent sample right now with a biopsy. Biopsy is the only way to confirm cancer or not. Rescanning in three months is standard protocol in these cases. I sympathize. I hope it's just inflammation. Love, Chris

      over 3 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      I should say biopsy is the only way to truly confirm cancer in lung nodules.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have had 2 small nodules on my lungs for over six years. They were first noticed when I was being treated being treated for esophageal cancer, right now the Dr.s believe that they are scars from radiation. But they watch them closely As Chris says rescanning in three months is protocol they need a certain amount of time to measure growth if there is any.

      over 3 years ago
    • mssoup67's Avatar
      mssoup67

      I had a couple of nodules in my lungs, so my doctor had me get a CT scan every few months after chemo ended to monitor them. It's been 2 years and they remained stable, so I no longer need the scans.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I also was diagnosed w/endometrial cancer. The node they found sits atop my right adrenal gland. After 2 scans about 8 weeks apart, both my surgeon and the radiologist determined it was a benign cyst. We've kept an eye on it in subsequent scans, but I'm actually done w/scanning unless my C125 spikes. I completed chemo in Jan 2013.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lorla's Avatar
      Lorla

      I've had several small nodules on my lungs over the past few years. They haven't been biopsied and don't seem to be growing. My onc. hasn't recommended doing anything about them, specifically, as I'm getting chemo already (and have been on and off for 6 years). 3 months between PETs seems to be fairly standard, as Gonewest said. (Also, too frequent PETs & CTs means more radiation, which itself is a risk factor for getting another cancer.)

      You didn't mention whether your recent scan was a CT or a PET. I get combo PET/CTs regularly. The CT in combo with the PET isn't as definitive as the CT alone but adds detail to the PET. The PET isn't a cancer-finder test though--it shows any kind of inflammation, so even if you got a PET now, it might not tell if the nodules were cancer or not. Your doctor should be the one to tell you the best path to take right now, so tell him/her your concerns & see what is recommended.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I have had two lung nodes. Fairly small for about a year or more. They have stayed stable. I am currently on break from treatment. We are not sure whether we will continue or wait and see. They also told me I would be scanned.about every three months at least for the first year if we decide not to continue with treatment. I have scans next week. So I guess decisions will be made then.

      over 3 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar
      Beaner54

      Hi Y,
      I am a colon and endometrial cancer survivor. First diagnosed in late 2011. Had 2 surgeries, chemo, internal and external radiation.
      I also have small nodules in my lungs and they are seen each time I have had scans over the past 5 years. I am not sure a PET scan is your answer. My oncologist told me that a nodule has to be a centimeter or more in size before that test would be of any help in picking up on a hot spot.
      Small nodules show up on a CT scan sooner.

      over 3 years ago
    • MsMope's Avatar
      MsMope

      I also had endometrial cancer with my last treatment in May 2014. I had baseline scans before treatment. Those baseline scans found a few very small nodules in a lung. I was told they were probably related to a fungus ubiquitous in my state. The nodules were scanned without evidence of enlargement for almost two years. One nodule then SEEMED to have grown a bit. I was told it was just about large enough for biopsy, but there could be no guarantee because the nodule was still very small. I declined the biopsy. Then, tho I tried to be brave, I became more and more convinced these nodules were out to get me. My oncologist recommended a PET scan. The PET was negative. I am aware, however, lung cancer doesn't pick up the PET scan IV as readily as cancer in other parts of the body.

      I have good reason to trust my doctors. I have scans at the intervals they recommend. Of course, it's always a collaborative process. Another reason I trust my doctors.

      I empathize with your fear and your desire to get tests that may tell you what's going on in your body. Nobody likes to wait. I think you got a lot of good information from other people who responded to your question. I hope their comments, and my own, give you a feeling you are not alone. We wish you well! -mm

      over 3 years ago

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