• 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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    • Sacaver's Avatar
      Sacaver

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

      8 months 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.

      8 months ago
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      Ashleybv

      I've had 2x PET scans under my belt: I had to fast 6-8 hours before, so it was helpful for me to schedule in the morning so I wasn't hangry for part of the day. I was also told not to work out two days prior. A tech (I think) started an IV line, takes a drop of blood from the IV line to test my blood sugar level, and injected me with the "dye" that lights up the scan.

      Then I went into a dimly lit room drink a flavored, room-temperature barium drink (also got a nice warm blanket). I've had banana and mochachino (taste isn't horrible, kinda sour. there's a berry flavored one that I should have picked because the drink is kind of sour). I had to drink about 8oz of the 16oz container. I had to lay still in the recliner for about 30-45 minutes without a book or my phone.

      I had wear clothes without metal pieces (like on my bra or zipper). You go into a room and lay on a narrow table with a strap above your head for me to hold on to. They also gave me a cushion to put under my legs to lessen the stress on my lower back.

      I'm 5'1 so the scan was about 20 minutes--so I'm guessing the taller you are the longer the scan. I don't consider myself claustrophobic, but I have my eyes closed the whole time because I might freak out and have a nervous twitch (not good for the scan because you have to lay still, but you can breathe). I thought about each year in grade school to keep my mind off the scanning. I think the sounds I heard sounds like robots/swirling.

      I had to wait for my appointment with my oncologist to go over the scan--usually a few days.

      8 months ago

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