• Scans after chemo

    Asked by whatnext54 on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Scans after chemo

    Is it normal not to have any scans when chemo is completed?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      You don't have any scans scheduled at all? I have lung cancer so my experience may be different, but when I finished my first cycle of treatment, we waited a bit of time (can't remember how long) to let the chemo keep working, but then I had scans. I don't think we waited any longer than a month or so after completing chemo, but I could be wrong about that.

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have seen that it depends on the type of cancer and what other methods there are of monitoring it. My first diagnosis used blood tests to monitor mine, my last diagnosis used pet scans. I had a scan each 6 months for two years, then stopped. I haven't had a scan in the last 8 years. But now they run a camera down my throat to look at my primary location. So, different types of cancer, different methods of monitoring it.

      4 months ago
    • whatnext54's Avatar

      Thanks for the info. I guess since it was breast cancer and scans prior to chemo didn't show it had spread to any other organs no scans are needed. Chemo was a precaution since it had spread to lymph nodes. Next is seeing the radiologist so we will see what he has to say.

      4 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I have never had any scans since my treatments ended. My team doesn't believe in doing routine scans. It's a little scary, but I know that they would do one if needed. Good luck. Take care.

      4 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      No scans after breast cancer treatment. Just an extra mammogram on my left side. I had been checked for a couple of years every six months. I'm now on once a year mammograms to keep up with things. I do ask for the 3D ones which take more pictures and a little longer of squish but it is so worth it.

      4 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I'm not getting them after my uterine cancer. They told me that re-occurrences are overwhelming found on exams or by symptoms. It scares me a bit, but I've gotten used to it.

      We have done one based on symptoms I was having, and it was clear.

      4 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      No scans for me after chemo and radiation. My mom is stage IV and she only gets them if she has specific symptoms like pain. She’s been stage IV for 11 year and has only had 3 scans. Although she has had MRIs and other imaging.

      4 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I agree with everyone. I just had an annual Mammogram then MRIs until I was dx with MBC. Now, I get a CT Scan & ECHO every month. Theory is: if nodule grows, chemo isn't working. All chemos (4) that I've been on in 3 yrs. are hard on my bad heart. Each one of us is different & react differently to each drug. Speak up if something is bothering you. As in my case, it may take a while, but the end result was met. I told Dr. 3 weeks between infusions was too long to wait for an INR test. Yesterday, after 3 wks. INR was too low. She scheduled the blood test & will be monitored closer this 3 wk off span.

      3 months ago

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