Artifacts -- brain scan

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Artifacts -- brain scan

by Daughter28 on Wed Oct 19, 2011 05:42 PM

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Family member is getting ready for IL-2 treatment.  Had to go thru testing.  Got a call that "artifacts" were found on brain scan and needs to redo test.  Is anyone familar with "artifacts?"  If it is mets to the brain will IL-2 treatment still be done? 

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by uvm1978 on Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:09 AM

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On Oct 19, 2011 5:42 PM Daughter28 wrote:

Family member is getting ready for IL-2 treatment.  Had to go thru testing.  Got a call that "artifacts" were found on brain scan and needs to redo test.  Is anyone familar with "artifacts?"  If it is mets to the brain will IL-2 treatment still be done? 

I had an "artifact" near my brain stem on my last CT scan.  My medical oncologist thinks it's nothing and said that the imaging is so good now that they are seeing things they don't even want to see.  Needless to say, they will keep an eye on it along with a nodule in my lung by checking it against my next CT scan.  Not sure if my info is relevant as I have stage 3/4 head and neck cancer and I am guessing your family member has something else.  Good luck and stay positive.

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by lobus on Thu Oct 20, 2011 09:22 AM

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Artifacts can appear on scans, like in a photo when the subject matter moves leaving a blur in the picture. There are a number of reasons why they happen in scans and should always be double checked with another scan. My renal cancer diagnosis was delayed by 19 months because the radiologist thought that my 23cm left kidney tumor was an artifact. I wish you well.

Philip

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by Daughter28 on Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:59 PM

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Thank you for the replies.  Fortunately, the 2nd brain scan came back clean.  Family member will start IL-2 on Monday.

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by lobus on Sat Oct 22, 2011 03:42 PM

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I wish your relative well

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by MarcyS on Sat Oct 22, 2011 04:24 PM

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Good luck with the IL-2.  Stay positive, it's tough but the reward can be great!  My husband is one that it worked on.  Next scan in November and if still good then we can wait another 6 months before the next scan.  I kept a daily log as he went through the IL-2 to help people who are facing it.  You can go back in my posts.  It is called IL-2 a day by day account. 

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by Daughter28 on Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:21 PM

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You provided a good log of what happened with your husband as he went thru IL-2 treatment, but wondering if you can give any advice to the care taker.  I'm saying my prayers that my family member will have success with this treatment.

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