• Initially told my PET scan showed that the 'C' hadn't spread past the cervix/vaginal wall. Now told suspicious areas.

    Asked by SouthernMom on Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Initially told my PET scan showed that the 'C' hadn't spread past the cervix/vaginal wall. Now told suspicious areas.

    Yea, around the bladder and ureaters. WTF! Can't they get it right the first time? New person read the results. Killing me here!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      A PET scan cannot diagnose cancer. It identifies areas of high metabolic activity which could be cancer, and any of a number of other things. Cancer diagnosis and treatment is not yet to the point of being a mechanical or mathematical process. That is why most oncologists collaborate with cancer boards to get second, third, forth opinions for colleagues with specific medical training. This is a good thing for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs PET scans are just one tool used to help your team understand how your treatment and cancer is doing. Most scans, Bone, CT, MRI etc, can identify issues. You may be sent for more clarifying scan and/or a biopsy. Each doctor who looks at your scans has different experiences, which can make them more sensitive to certain types of abnormalities. You are very lucky a 2nd set of eyes looked at your scan. Those areas may turn out to be nothing, but it's best to proactive.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      SouthernMom, this is unfortunately a normal path with cervical cancer unless it is in situ, then it would remain dysplasia. Either it spreads down into the vaginal vault and vulva, or it spreads up into the endocervix and peritoneal cavity, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Oops, sorry I forgot. In cervical cancer a PET is used to detect malignancies. Here is the peer reviewed data to support this comment. It would make no sense to order such an expensive test if there were no diagnostic value. If this was not the goal a CT would suffice, Carm RN


      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I know how that feels to have the results questioned and re looked at. Think of it as being extra cautions and that they really want to catch anything as soon as possible when it is easiest to kill. Reading scans is not all science, as they can be interperted differently. As nancyjac said the PET only indicatyes that ther emight be cancer but there are other posible causes of a PET lighting up so they will probably have to do mnore tests to be sure. Hopefully thoise will show it is nothing. With two different readins it is likely that the positive the second Dr saw is a marginal positive making it less likely that is is really cancer. Good Luck, we will be praying for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I had a suspicious report a few months ago. My oncologists concluded that it was scar tissue from surgery (hysterectomy) ... I hope that everything turns out ok .... I just prayed for you.

      over 3 years ago

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