• Pet or Cat Scan

    Asked by alivenwell on Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Pet or Cat Scan

    How many of you have had a Pet Scan; and if so, was it done prior to treatment or after treatment?

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. My dad has had PET/CT scans throughout his cancers. First, he had it prior to treatment to see what was going on in there, if there were any areas of increased metabolic activity where there could be cancer. Then he had it periodically during treatment to see if treatment was producing any effects on the cancer.

      After you go for a scan, your doctor receives a "radiology report," that describes what they saw. I think it's good to get a copy of these reports as you go along.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Prior. I had CT and MRI after chemo to look at the hot spot areas from the chemo. I had the MRI after chemo but before surgery and the CT after surgery but before radiation.

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I had a CT scan prior to chemo and a Pet scan between my third and fourth chemo treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • catherinemarr's Avatar

      My oncologist has reccommended a PET scan after my CEA test was esculating,this was just last week.I havent run it yet,still looking for funding...but she seemed adament about getting this particular scan,when searching for a new or recurrent lesion.I had two surguries,actually three last summer,for colon cancer,but everything ,nodes and polyps.were negative..no follow up therapy was reccommended,or performed

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I had CT scan of chest, abdomen and pelvis after colonoscopy to see if cancer anywhere else. Then right after I finished chemo I had CT scan of chest and MRI scan of abdomen and pelvis and again at 3 months. MRI because less radiation then CT scan but CT scan of Chest because MRI doesn't do well with empty body organs.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I had a PET scan after my first round of chemo and before surgery, then a PET & CAT after my second round of chemo, since they found two lymph nodes involved at the time of surgery. Then another set after 6 months, and another set after 6 months. SInce I have moved to 6 months between oncologists visits, the next checkup will only be a CAT. I swear I glow in the dark

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Mine was before surgery.

      over 3 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      I had a PET scan and numerous CT scans during the staging process. After completing treatment I had CT scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis annually for 7 years.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN (Best Answer!)

      In the 24 yrs of my 3 cancer dx's and treatments, I have lost count of how many of each I've had. I do remember that I had CT Scans before the treatments when they were trying to figure out the problem. During treatment, I had some to see how it was going. I have had CT Scans since to check things that were hurting, to be sure I wasn't having a relapse.

      PET Scans, I never had one until 4 years ago when I was dx'd for the 3rd time. I had one when I was Dx'd, then after I had two surgeries, and after radiation was done. Then I had one every 6 months for 3 years after. Now they say no more unless something else shows up.

      If you look out of your window, towards the south a little, you can see me glowing.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      2 Ct and MRI before surgery and had 2 pet scans after surgery and treatment going in for 3 end of month after round of radiation

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I had a CT scan after my initial diagnosis through a colon oscopy and then after surgery my Oncologists sent me for a PET scan an MRI and a Bone scan looking to see if my cancer had spread anywhere else. My normal followups have been CT scans with PRT scans or MRIs if the CT scans find anything.

      It is importaqnt to know how each of these scans works and what the can anc cannot see. A CT scan and an MRI look at differences in tissue desnities. The Radiologist reads them looking for abnormal "spots" which then get noted on the report. These spots may be cancer or they could be any number of other things. A PET scan uses an injection of radio active sugar to look for locations of abnormally high metbolic activity whch are shown as bright spots on the scan. Again cancer tends to have high metabolic activity, but so does a number of other things, such as your brain and any healing wounds or infections thus what lights up may or may not be cancer. Bone scans look at bone densities in a way thar CT scans can't see and thus they are looking for abnormalities in the bone which again may or may not be cancer.

      Once a location for suspected cancer is found three courses of action can be taken. First you can just assume that it is cancer and begin treatment immediately. Second the site xcan be biopsied, taking a sample iof the tissue and checking it for cancer. It should be noted that there are locations where biopsing is either not easy or not possible without a lot of risk and there is always the possibility that thecancer is mossed giving a false negitive. The third option is to wait and monitor the site to see if it grows like cancer over time. If it does then treatment is indicated if it doesn;t then it is probably noty cancer. The third option is best for small spots and non agressive cancers that are unlikely to spread.

      Hope this helps you understans the types of scans, what they do had how they work. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I had a cat scan just before treatment, then just after. The one just after treatment showed a suspicious area, and the doctor ordered a PET scan. (It turned out to show no evidence of disease, thank God!) My doctor explained that my insurance company requires that I have the cat scans first, and if it shows anything, a pet scan will be ordered. The doctor tells me that I will now have about 3 per year. I finished chemo in April 2012, and radiation in July 2012.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have not had a PET scan - but I have had CTs (with and without contrast) MRIs (with contrast), and bone scans. All three were done before treatment, and every 2-3 months during treatment, the bone scan is usually done every 6 months.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I have had 5 PET scans now, 1 prior to treatment, 2 during, and 2 post treatment. I probably had more than normal because they discovered I have sarcoids, and some of the scans were to figure that out

      over 3 years ago

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