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    VISUALDESIGNER asked a questionHodgkin Disease

    MY PET SCAN CAME BACK CANCER FREE BUT MY ONC STILL WANTS ME TO TAKE MORE CHEMO OR MEDICATION. WHY?

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    • ariez's Avatar
      ariez

      I had clear PET scans after 2 treatments of chemo but was still advised to continue to take the standard 6 treatments.

      over 5 years ago
    • dhall's Avatar
      dhall

      may simply be life saving protocol....

      over 5 years ago
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      fowlstack

      When speaking to my onc. I always have my smartphone with me and I record everything that is being said. While driving home I replay the recording and am always surprised at the comments I missed when speaking to the doctor. It is difficult to remember everything that is being said in the short amount of time allowed for discussion.

      over 5 years ago
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    VISUALDESIGNER asked a questionHodgkin Disease

    WHY DOES MY DR WANT TO GIVE ME MORE DRUGS WHEN MY PET SCAN CAME BACK CANCER FREE?

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      kalindria

      I had chemo for ten months after my scans were clear. There can be mini-microscopic cancer bits left behind after surgery and initial chemo. Ask your oncologist and weigh your options. I didn't do the full course of chemo my onco was suggesting as I'd had a year of clear scans and a second opinion suggesting that even tho I was initially stage IV, I didn't need more chemo unless my cancer recurred.

      Good luck with whichever path you choose.

      PS: Did you know that typing in all caps is considered yelling?

      over 5 years ago
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      hms03049

      There are studies that have tracked large numbers of cases where they measured the recurrence rate versus and treatment approach. These studies guide treatment decisions. Many of these can be seen at NIH.gov

      over 5 years ago
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      bp440

      PET scans are also used to determine if the drug treatment is working. Cancer protocols for drugs and other treatments are specific to the cancer stage and cell type. It can be a more complicated answer that is best answered by your oncologist. Best wishes for your continued recovery.

      over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point (WANTING TO QUIT CHEMO. PET SCAN SHOWS NO MORE CANCER): DR FEELS THAT I STILL NEED MORE TREATMENT VIA CHEMO OR ANOTHER NEW DRUG WITH WORSE SIDE EFFECTS

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    Side Effects (Allergic reaction): TOO MANY TO MENTION