Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by Sharon13 on Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:00 AM
by Witchdoctor on Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:00 AM
This one of the few cancers that PET is not particularly sensitive in detecting
by wasWifeofpatient on Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:00 AM
That is what our onc told us as well. My husband also has kidney cancer and I asked his doc last week if he would do a PET scan and he said they are not very effective in showing kidney cancer.
Question for Witchdoctor...do you know why that is?
by Aslan on Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:00 AM
my husband had a CT scan 2 years ago which showed a small mass in his left lung. We then had a PET Scan of the lung which came back as a non-malignent mass. He, however, insisted that it be removed... and it was a metastasis of RCC and he ended up having his lung resected. Until then, we had thought that the PET Scan was the cat's meow...no longer...
On 4/11/2007 Sharon13 wrote:Does anyone know if Pet Scans work for Kidney cancer? I was told by two doctors that it doesn't show up? Thanks Sharon
by Witchdoctor on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
by Aslan on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
by Meadowmajors on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
Kidney cancer is one of those rare cancers that PET scans do not always detect. My scan did show the mass in my kidney, but does not always show if it is metastatic disease. My prayers are with you and your family. My name is Becky and I also have renal cell carcinoma T-3.
My God bless your family through this difficult time.
by wasWifeofpatient on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
With that said, and understood, Kidney cancer, as I have been told by my husband's oncologist, is one of the cancers that is not best followed with a PET scan. I understand it is a great tool for monitoring caner in general, I only was requesting to try to understand what makes kidney cancer so hard for the PET scan to diagnose or follow properly? I hoped you might have that information, for educational purposes only.
by Marymaz on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
by Bunker on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM
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