• Pet scan. What is it like? Going to Baylor cancer. Dr took out 2 growths below pancreas. What stage do drs start treatment?

    Asked by Sacaver on Saturday, February 9, 2019

    Pet scan. What is it like? Going to Baylor cancer. Dr took out 2 growths below pancreas. What stage do drs start treatment?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I've only had one PET scan and it was at the beginning of my journey - when we were still trying to figure out if I had cancer or not.

      The hardest part was getting insurance approval. It took a little bit of time for that to come through. Past that, all I remember is having to get there early, getting an IV of some kind of glucose and I think a sedative so that I would lie still. Seems like I had to stay in a dark room for a while as the glucose circulated through my body and then they wheeled me in for the scan. I don't remember anything about the scan itself.

      Obviously, I can't remember too much about mine, which tells you it was nothing to worry about :)

      Baylor is a good hospital, you'll be in good hands :) (Are you going to the one in Dallas off of Gaston?)

      9 days ago
    • Sacaver's Avatar
      Sacaver

      Yes the Baylor off Gaston....dr moshe Levy

      9 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      This question is under follicular lymphoma. Have you been diagnosed with it, even in the past? Is it suspected that these lesions are a recurrence? As to treatment, many factors enter in. The stage does, although far less than in other cancers. The grade, certainly. The number and location of tumors is a factor. If transformation to aggressive DLBCL is suspected, that also enters in. However, an many cases, if one is asymptomatic and no other risk factors are present, it is placed under active surveillance, i.e. watch and wait.

      The decision of when to treat follicular is still controversial. Treating it too early is suspected of triggering a response which will accelerate its grade, or it transformation to aggressive lymphoma. It is a balancing act and can only go on a case by case basis, taking the above factors and many others into consideration.

      7 days ago

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