Doctors, Patients Should Weigh Risks vs. Rewards Of Medical Imaging

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After an imaging test revealed a small nodule in Dr. Len Lichtenfeld's lung, his doctor ordered a series of CT scans. But Lichtenfeld turned them down. As deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Lichtenfeld knew the tiny nodule probably wasn't dangerous and that new research has documented an increased risk of cancer from CT scans' X-rays.

 

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 02:57 AM

I am not sure though what the answer is to this article. I have medullary thyroid cancer with multiple mets. I am also in a clinical trial to hopefully prolong life. In the mean time, I get MRI's, CT's and bone scans, every 3 months. So will the "watchful" eye get me, or the "do nothing" approach. If you do nothing, the mets can get out of hand. If you see the cancer is growing in a certain aream because scans showed that to be true, you can attack the mets thee. What do you suggest?

Thu Mar 11, 2010 03:26 AM

I wonder the same thing~! My husband has metastatic lung tumors that are being treated with medicine and CT's are being done every 3 months! He has a blood tumor marker that he gets drawn monthly.  It has been rising since it began steadily until last month when it dropped by 100 points. I wonder if that could be followed rather than the CT's which radiate the cancer cells we are trying to destroy! 

Thu Mar 11, 2010 03:26 AM

I wonder the same thing~! My husband has metastatic lung tumors that are being treated with medicine and CT's are being done every 3 months! He has a blood tumor marker that he gets drawn monthly.  It has been rising since it began steadily until last month when it dropped by 100 points. I wonder if that could be followed rather than the CT's which radiate the cancer cells we are trying to destroy! 

Fri Mar 12, 2010 06:41 AM

I have Li-Fraumeni Syndrome which is a gene defect that makes me prone to many types of cancer. I have had 2 different types of breast cancer, double BAC NSCL lung cancer and several skin cancers. I have to have scans frequently because they are always watching for new cancers or more spots in my remaining lungs. Also 2 of my kids have died of brain tumors. Recently, I had to have a stent placed in my trachea and left bronchus due to radiation damage. I know the CT's are dangerous. Is there any other option available?

Sat Mar 13, 2010 03:31 AM

is every six months CT scan will cause radiation cancer

Sun Aug 02, 2015 05:17 PM

I had radiation treatment for 6 weeks to my brain.  I had 28 CT scans as they used that for a guide to aim the radiation.  They didn't tell me that they would be doing this before hand as they knew I would refuse.  I think if I die will be from radiation.  How can they do that and get away with it.

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