• For those of you who've completed chemo, how long did you dr wait before the first post-chemo CT or PET scan?

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Monday, December 31, 2012

    For those of you who've completed chemo, how long did you dr wait before the first post-chemo CT or PET scan?

    Knock on wood, my last chemo session is scheduled for Jan 10. I saw my gynecologic oncologist a couple weeks ago, and he said my first CT scan would be 6 months after I complete chemo. That seems like a rather long wait. Is that what others have experienced?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My last chemo was March 21 and I had a CT and MRI on March 28 but that was not related to chemo. It was ordered by my surgeon prior to my mastectomy on April 10. Then I had another CT in May just prior to radiation treatments as part of the set up for that. At this point, my oncologist is not planning for any additional PET or CT scans unless I show symptoms of recurrence.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      My CT scan was about weeks after chemo and I had a brain MRI a few days after that. The brain MRI was only because I was suffering from bad headaches throughout chemo. If the headaches didn't go away a few weeks after chemo my onc wanted to do the MRI to check for brain cancer. Luckily it was not brain cancer but it's migraines.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      My Dr did a PET scan before treatment (this was day one of treatment) and again post treatment. Post treatment was about a month after my final dose of chemo. He wanted to make sure that the areas that lit up like a christmas tree were no longer glowing. I had CT Scans throughout. The initial CT before treatment. One in the middle and one about week after I finished. I think I had one more after that 3rd once but can't be certain. In my last CT, it showed the lymph node was continuing to decrease in size even though chemo was done more than a month prior so he decided that he wouldn't do anymore scans. He would just stick to blood work.

      over 4 years ago
    • rosey's Avatar
      rosey

      I too have uterine cancer, I finished chemo on 10.31.12, and began radiation about a week ago, my oncologist indicated he'll order scans about 6 months after all treatments are complete. I thought it was a long time too, he said anything prior can show false results. I did have a CT during my planning procedure with radiology, however, it was without contrast and limited. Hang in there :)

      over 4 years ago
    • xxx19xxx's Avatar
      xxx19xxx

      I FINISHED MY CHEMO TREATMENTS 16 OCTOBER 2012 AND MY DOCTOR HAS ME SCHEDULED FOR 5 FEBRUARY FOR THE PETSCAN...........HE SAYS ANY SOONER AND THE RESULTS COULDN'T BE TRUSTED BECAUSE OF LEFTOVER RADIATION AND CHEMO MAKES THE RESULTS UNRELIABLE.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Shelby, Conreatulation on completing chemo! The timing of scans depends on a number fo factors. One of the most inporatant is how fast the cancer type typically grows either when treated or untreated. If you do scans too soon you tend to get results that are useless as it may not be possible to tell if the cancer is still active. In a CT scan a dead tumor may look just like a live tumor thus it is really looking for size changes so you need to give it time to grow enough that there will be a definitive difference in size. A PET scan sees metabolic activity and often healing after radiation, chemo or surgery has a metabolic rate very similar to cancer. So to quote "the wating is the hardest part" it is necessary. Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

      over 4 years ago
    • lchapman2000's Avatar
      lchapman2000

      I haven't had any PET scans and my doctor said she wouldn't order any unless she sees signs of recurrence; however, I had a CT scan scheduled for 6 months after my last treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • SettledSue's Avatar
      SettledSue

      I had a C-T scan one month after my last chemo, but the next one will be in 6 months.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      I had a baseline CT the week before chemotherapy started. Then after completing 4 months of chemotherapy, I asked to have the port removed as soon as possible. So 1 month after chemotherapy, I had another CT scan. The good results enabled scheduling port removal. Now 3 months after the post-chemo scan, I'm scheduled for another scan tomorrow. My understanding is that there will be a scan quarterly for the first year after treatment, then semi-annually, and so on. This schedule assumes that each follow-up indicates no return of cancer. Perhaps the variations in answers result from stage and type of cancers as well as practices by different hospitals and doctors.

      over 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I think it was about 5 months, but I did go in sooner for blood tests

      over 4 years ago
    • Tima's Avatar
      Tima

      I got lung cancer.stage 1B..my rigt lobe was removed and then 4 months chemioterapy How long after chemotherapy I can do my first scan ?

      4 months ago
    • ViktrozCeapy's Avatar
      ViktrozCeapy

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      2 days ago
    • janec0488's Avatar
      janec0488

      Almost six months after chemo I had a bone scan and an abdominal CT Scan. Huge amounts of radiation.

      2 days ago

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