• My husband had a tumor removed from his right sole . Allthough the PET SCAN CT revealed no cancer cells anywhere in his body,

    Asked by dora201077 on Friday, September 28, 2012

    My husband had a tumor removed from his right sole . Allthough the PET SCAN CT revealed no cancer cells anywhere in his body,

    , it reveled however low signal around the not yet healed wound, they say it's normal after surgery but cannot exclude malignity entirely. we must wait until the wound closes; it heals really slow due to location and chemo.(surgery may 11th, pet ct sept 6th) Anybody had this situation? What are the odds of cancer cells still being there?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I would think they would have waited for the wound to heal before doing a PET Scan. But I'm not a Doctor. It's possible that it's just residule cells left and not cancer but only a Dr can know for sure. Sounds like you're in the dreaded "waiting" window. I think that's the worst part of cancer!! Good Luck with treatments!! I wish you all the best.

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Of course I can't diagnose your case, or know whether there are cells there or not. But I can tell you that I love, love, love the pet scan. Without it, in my case I wouldn't have known that I had a problem brewing in my colon, while getting my head/neck cancer treated. I love going to have one and the confidence the dr. has when he says "Your good". When I first started getting treated 24 years ago, there wasn't such a tool.

      Hopefully, your good too.
      We all wish you the best, and easy recovery!

      about 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      While PET scans are good for spotting active cancer there are a number of things other than cancer that can cause a PET scan to light up. For example PET scans are not used on the head because the brain lights up all of the time. Wound are a particular problem because the healing process eats up sugars like those used in a PET scan. Thus the healing wound lights up a little. I would not worry about the wound lighting up as it is expected. Good luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think you may be misinterpreting the intent of the scans a bit. When the surgery was performed, a pathologist should have examined the tumor that was removed to determine if there were clean margins, meaning sufficient non-malignant cells surrounding the tumor. That is the best indication that all cancer cells in the primary area were removed.

      A PET/CT scan is to determine if there are any areas beyond the primary tumor to where the cancer may have spread. However, even if it has, this scan cannot reveal cancer cells. It reveals any area of abnormally high metabolic activity, which could be cancer, but any type of infection or inflammation would show as a hot spot on a PET, so his still healing (i.e. still inflamed) wound would show as a hot spot, but the absence of hot spots elsewhere is a good indicator that his cancer has not metasticized.

      about 4 years ago

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