• I would like a PET or body scan done,my oncologist says "No,they wait for symptoms of metastatic cancer first."

    Asked by Irishsurvivor on Sunday, February 12, 2012

    I would like a PET or body scan done,my oncologist says "No,they wait for symptoms of metastatic cancer first."

    Why don't they do PET or body scans to see if my breast cancer has gone somewhere else? Has anyone else had their oncologist tell them this. What are the statistics of finding false positives on these scans compared to finding cancer that should be treated?

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    • ConnieB's Avatar
      ConnieB

      I had a PET scan when diagnosed. When I asked my Oncologist about having repeat PET scans to find out if cancer had returned, he said no. Not sure why, but would feel better with a PET scan on a regular basis.

      over 1 year ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar
      ConnieB

      I was told the same thing.

      about 1 year ago
    • mishkat's Avatar
      mishkat

      I had 3b adenocarcinoma. Was given a PET prior to lobectomy, which was clear except for the dx'd R lung. 2 nodes closest to tumor showed uptake and so I did chemo and then radiation. Completed tx in July 2012 and have had clear chest CTs since then. I, too, asked about PET scans and my dr said no because of radiation exposure, I have no symptoms and because sometimes scar tissue and other conditions "light up", potentially leading to unnecessary anxiety/testing/procedures. I do still want one, however. My cancer was an incidental finding and I worry that if there is a next time, it won't be caught until it's too late. But I'm also trying to balance this with being calm, rational and practical about my life post-cancer tx.

      3 months ago

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