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#27290 03-30-2005 04:33 PM
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Though I understand their limitations and their over-sensitivity at times, I'm a believer in PET scans. My doctor ordered one last spring after I complained about some tenderness in an area of my neck. It came back showing a "hot spot". That set in motion me discovering that I had a quarter-sized cancerous lymph node. My doctor couldn't feel it when he did the manual test, even after knowing it was there. Who knows how long I would have gone not knowing that tumor was in there if not for my doctor's hunch and him encouraging me to have a PET done... Just my .02 worth... (FYI - my last PET in November came back negative for cancer recurrence)...


Tongue cancer (SCC), diagnosed Oct. 2003 (T2 N0 M0). Surgery to remove tumor. IMRT Radiation 30x in Dec 2003 - Jan. 2004. Recurrence lymph node - radical neck dissection June 2004. Second round of rad/chemo treatments ended Sept. 2004.
#27291 03-31-2005 06:01 AM
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Friends,
I am lucky enough to have a first cousin here in Houston who is an eminent radiologist who recently retired from one of our best hospitals and opened imaging clinics. I sent him my latest reports from MDACC and he told me that I absolutely need to have a PET scan and he is scheduling me for one ASAP. He says that he views PET scans as essential in head and neck cases,thinks that we should have them every few months, doesn't have a problem with false positives and does not understand why they are not widely used at MD Anderson.

I am excited about using this diagnostic tool and not having to wait 3 months.

Thanks for all of your support and best wishes to everyone.

Danny G.


Stage IV Base of Tongue SCC
Diagnosed July 1, 2002, chemo and radiation treatments completed beginning of Sept/02.
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Danny, if you can get a PET/CT fusion...it is much more diagnostic. The combination of the data from the CT overlaid on the PET helps separate and define the importantPET findings from the ones that are lesser so.


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#27293 04-01-2005 02:24 PM
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Today I heard from my surgeon's P.A. regarding my having the PET scan next Monday. My docs at MDACC have no objection to me having the PET scan but their position is that PET scans are not an effective tool in diagnosing recurrences of head and neck cancer.

Heck, I don't know who is right but I am darn sure having the PET scan done and happy that I am doing something pro-active and immediate.

Danny G.


Stage IV Base of Tongue SCC
Diagnosed July 1, 2002, chemo and radiation treatments completed beginning of Sept/02.
#27294 04-01-2005 04:14 PM
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There are several articles in the news section of the OCF site that shed some light on this. One is a comparison of MRI, PET and CT scans, see
http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/news/story.asp?newsId=671
and the other, a description of the combined PET/CT scan
http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/news/story.asp?newsId=504
and its potential value.

It appears to me that there are not enough data yet for the oncological community to recommend a specific protocol but early returns make the PET/CT combo the imaging technique of choice. - Sheldon


Dx 1/29/04, SCC, T2N0M0
Tx 2/12/04 Surgery, 4/15/04 66 Gy. radiation (36 sessions)
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