• Mel's Avatar


    Asked by Mel on Tuesday, February 12, 2013


    I had asked question while back on Scans after treatments. But when you say go off how you feel or symptons what can that consist of or mean?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It would generally be based on symptoms that are known to be indicative of a particular type of cancer. In the case of breast cancer it would be a suspicious mammogram, a lump or orange peal type skin inflammation around the nipple or other nipple changes found by self or annual physical examination, persistent pain or increasing loss of sensation in your arm and hand or shoulder, etc. Pretty much the same symptoms as with original diagnosis.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I think the idea is to get to know your body -- when it sends you a signal, listen instead of passing it off as something of no concern. Be on guard but not paranoid. Keep all your followup appointments whereby they will check your lymph nodes for swelling -- and your blood work for markers. If anything shows up, scans will follow. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Your oncologist will order regular blood work which may (but not always) indicate if other organs (liver or kidney, for instance) are not functioning at normal levels. Different protein levels in your blood, cell counts can also show if there is a potential problem with increasing cancer cells somewhere in your body. My "cancer markers" (these varying tests) were good or normal at my last onc visit, but I was experiencing severe headaches (a symptom perhaps of a brain metastasis?), so I told him about their frequency and severity (I have no history of headaches like this). He ordered a brain MRI just to be sure nothing abnormal was present so we could rule out cancer. The result showed no brain abnormalities but a cyst in my sinus cavity. So that's how it works. How I felt (headaches) and symptoms (severe) resulted in an MRI. He referred me to my family doctor who is helping me with the sinus thing but my cancer scare (that the headaches were causing me) is over. Hooray!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I guess bone ache could be bone metastasis, knee pain has made me freak out like that. I guess you'll be as chill or as paranoid as you can allow yourself to be. Have a check up now and then, but know you've done all you can already.

      over 3 years ago

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