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    maloney6729 asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    I have heard conflicting responses - which is more reliable, CT scan or PET scan? Why? I have had nothing but CT's and just want to make sure I am getting the best possible reads. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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      I'm going to say a PET scan is your best option. My endo and oncologist hardly ever send me for a CT scan anymore, it's right to the PET scan. I've had 2 reoccurances, so that may be why. From what I understand, PET scan light up the "hot spots" and show the doctor exactly where the cancer cells are located. CTs are great and do work, but I think PET scans are more accurate and detailed.

      over 4 years ago
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      PET scan is one of the greatest inventions ever put out for cancer detection and treatments. When I had my first one, it detected a spot on my colon, which is nowhere near where my primary was found. (tonsil) Without the pet, we wouldn't have even known there was anything going on in the colon too.

      over 4 years ago
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      Each scan shows something different. With my cancer (appendix cancer) I only have CT scans, yet people with other colo-rectal cancers have both CTs and PET scans. It depends on the type of cell. PET scans show active cells that actively take up glucose. My cancer is slow growing - the cells are "indolent" and wouldn't show on a PET scan. Ask your dr. Never hesitate to ask your oncs anything. That's what you hire them for!

      over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects (Other): External radiation (33 sessions) finished last week. It started out simple and non-eventful, but after the first 2 weeks, as everyone advised, the side effects began to mount. Before they finished, the worst side effects were the sore throat, complete loss of energy, and heavy mucous. More minor side effects included muscle aches, sunburned neck, loss of just 10 lbs., and loss of voice. Unfortunately, midway through, I caught a pretty good seasonal cold, which made the treatments under the mask a challenge – trying not to sneeze or cough during the treatment. The surgical side effects of the chest surgery made sneezing and coughing unbearable, and also simply rolling over in bed. As a result, I slept mostly in the recliner sitting up to limit congestion (and let my wife get a decent night sleep!). Overall, the experience could have been a lot worse. I did not have the dry mouth effect and as long as I avoided a feeding tube, I was happy. I ate as often as I could – scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes soaked in syrup, finely chopped meats soaked in gravy, soups, applesauce, and gallons of ice cream! Now that the radiation is done, I am trying to be patient in recovery, but I seriously cannot wait for my first giant, juicy cheeseburger! 7 days since my last treatment and I can feel the improvement in my energy level, however, the sore throat and heavy mucous is not going away as quickly as I had hoped. Next up, check-ups and testing to watch for reoccurrences. Here’s to a clean 2012!

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    maryjane-looks like you and I are almost in the same boat. I would be very interested to exchange radiation effects and future diagonis results going forward. I am new to this site, and will try to set to tollow you through this. I am most cincerned at this point with the side effects and dietary solutions we can share. If you haven't done so already, I would suggest a thorough dental cleaning and presrcription for a flouride home treatment. My dentist is a friend of mine who sincerely told me to consult with him regularly to look for solutions to excessive dry mouth and any other oral concerns that might arise.