Findings underscore importance of prevention efforts
by MaryPat_D on Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:00 AM
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by Southcarolinagrandma on Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:00 AM
I am a 6 year survivor of breast cancer/5 year bone mets patient. Before I had the mastectomy to remove my right breast, my surgeon told me I would have a bone scan, CT and other tests before I would even leave the hospital. I am grateful for such a throual surgeon. There were no signs of cancer in any of the lymp nodes (22 were removed) no signs of cancer with the scans. I did 6 months of CMF chemo and was put on Tamoxifen right after I finished the chemo. I did this for precaution as I am ER/PR+.....9 months after the chemo I am dx with bone mets in my left si joint and sacroam. I underwent rads two different courses and was put on Femara. I have been stable for about 2 years. I would demand scans and I recommend any cancer patient demand scans.
by Clynnof on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:00 AM
About the CT scan you are referring to: Did your doctor give you a PT or pet scan before doing surgery? This scan goes over all of your body to scanning for cancer elsewhere in the body. My oncologist wouldn't proceed without it being done. It is fairly expensive, but well worth it. It is also a fairly new machine. I also had a lumpectomy that had not reached the nodes yet. Every time I have a new pain I wonder if the cancer has spread. I am 51. I have had cysts all of my adult life. I did take hormone therapy and I am hormone possative taking Femara. I recently went in for a colonoscopy and had two polyps removed. It is not that I want my history out there but if it will help.......... clynnof
by gpwhale on Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:00 AM
On 1/19/2004 Mary Pat D. wrote:I have recently completed treatment for breast cancer that involved a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. I am now on Arimidex for follow up treatment. My question to my doctor is...shouldn't I have a CT Scan to be certain the cancer is truly gone? Since it did spread to my lymph nodes, I cannot help but feel the need to know that it no longer exists in my body. Someone, other than my oncologist, told me I should have a CT scan just to be certain the cancer is gone. I feel the need for closure here, so I too would like a CT scan. However, my oncologist does not feel it is necessary. Has anyone else experienced this situation or have any advice for me in pursuing this matter further? Thanks... Mary Pat
by Matt1 on Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:00 AM
Dear Mary Pat,
I too have cancer but I have to say the only real true tests that show cancer cells or infected tumors is a PetCT or a biopsy. I had a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and a CT scan and all showed no sign of cancer. When I asked my doctor for a biopsy he recommended to wait 2 months. Thank god I did not. Going into surgery he gave me a 97% chance that there would be no cancer found. He was shocked to find out he was wrong.
You know your body more than anyone else. Do what you think is necessary for your own peace of mind. And best wishes to you
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