• tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee started following

    Question: End Stage

  • tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee wrote on Beccanan's wall

    Hey I couldn't help but notice you were from Lenoir City, that is my neck of the woods. I graduated from Loudon :-) Small world!

  • tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee shared an experience

    Other Care

  • tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee started following

  • tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee started following

    Question: Scan ?

  • tnblondee's Avatar

    tnblondee asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Scan ?

    10 answers
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I beg to differ with barryboomer: It's not an insurance issue - it's a medical science issue. If studies have shown that "catching" breast cancer mets early does not result in increased longevity, why subject the patients to unwarranted radiation (and, yes, additional expense)? Seems to me that oncologists order CAT scans, MRIs - no radiation, but costly - and other tests when they feel those tests will result in improved treatment, and insurance companies do tend to okay those tests.

      almost 3 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      This is the insurance companies speaking and not oncology, and XXX it all but some oncologist are backing down because they don't want to fight with the insurance companies and fill out the extra paperwork! It is horrible what is happening in this country because people don't want to spend the money!
      Early detection is still important and you should be scanned more often. Please just think about it, would you rather find it in your liver when it is small? Or when you are showing symptoms and the cancer is in your liver, lungs, bones, and brain! I was caught stage IV because they did not do ultrasounds and MRI's and believe me you do not want to go to stage IV!!!! Because once breast cancer shows symptoms it is too late to cure it and then you are living with chronic cancer, or just dead. NOT FUN AT ALL!!!!!

      almost 3 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Carool

      Lilymadeline, once the b.c. is biopsied, staged, onco-typed, etc., the oncologist devises a treatment plan. If no mets are discovered and the patient is in stage 1 through 3, the protocol is prescribed and followed (if the patient chooses to do so, of course). Treatment is done with the goal if preventing mets (stage 4). After completion of treatment, there is Tamoxifen and other such drugs, and Herceptin if applicable. Scans are used if a patient shows symptoms of metastasis. From what I know, however, nothing further can be done to prevent mets, no matter how soon after initial treatment the mets are found (by scans or blood work). I know what you are saying, but it's not what my oncologist told me. Best to you - Carool

      almost 3 years ago