• If preliminary pet scans results says negative I am cancer free?

    Asked by nitronick on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    If preliminary pet scans results says negative I am cancer free?

    Preliminary PET scan results just arrived.

    Well following some suggestions here and calling Roswell Cancer Hospital where the scan was done has gotten me some preliminary results today. I was told the scan looks negative. But final results won't be out till at least next week. They said my doctor will call with the final results. From what I am gathering from all this is my scans seems negative for cancer. Am I thinking right? Any opinions will be gladly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I won't even attempt to get into the technical stuff that goes with PET Scans and metabolic activity but if no areas of concern were found then your Dr will most likely tell that there is "No Evidence of Disease". That means your cancer is in remission. That's great news. Congrats!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Yes you are thinking right, your scan being negitive indicates no evidence of disease (NED) at this point and as far as the Drs know you are cancer free right now. You do need to be aware that PET scans can onlt see sancer that is metabolicly active and at least 4 mm in size so there is always the possibility that there is some cancer left that can not be seen at this time. Also be aware that PET scans see metabilic activity not cancer so if something lights up it might not be cancer. Now that you are NED you will likely get follow up scans every three to six mionths to see if anything else shows up. As time goes on and you remain MED the scsans will become less frequent. gthe objective is to cantch anf future cancer as early as possible when it is easier to kill. Congratulations and good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Sounds like you are in remission. Congrats.

      over 4 years ago

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