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Do PET scans show lung cancer

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Adjunctive: Pet scans utilize a special sugar molecule or glucose, and attaches a harmless piece of radioactivity to it (fdg). The FDG is taken up by metabolical... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Sort of...: The pet scan non-specifically show very metabolically active (consuming lots of energy), and lung cancer and its metastasis fit that category. It is ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Thoracic Surgery 27 years experience
Not exactly: They show lesions that are suspicious for cancer (including lung cancer). Typically co fir action with a biopsy is required before treatment is initia... Read More

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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Clinical judgement: This pathologist is underwhelmed with the health or public benefits of intensive screening for tiny lung cancers. I'd hope that if the person is sympt... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Factors: Many factors are involved: age, immune system, type of tumor, gender in certain cases, type of chemotherapy , compliance among many others. Your oncol... Read More
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Difficult to say.: This is considered an advanced cancer, stage IV or distant metastases stage. As you said, surgery and radiation is the treatment for this. However, ... Read More
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
"oligometastatic": Patients with a single brain tumor as the only site of metastatic disease are called "oligometastatic." the chance of cure, though small, is real. Eve... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
LDCT is a : noncontrast lung nodule screening study, and it is possible that small central lesions may not be visualized due to proximity to normal blood vessels ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Bx definitive: A positron emission tomography (pet) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. It is... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Tests: The best test to screen for lung cancer,in my opinion, is a chest ct scan as a conventional chest xray can miss it. A simple blood test, cbc and diffe... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
By the spine may b: different than on or in the spine.Ask her Docs for specifics.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
Yes you are right: A PET scan will pick up Cancer at all sites. It looks like that your Cancer(if it is confirmed with a biopsy) is still localized to the lung alone(No ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Lung mass: Something is missing! There must have been symptoms that led to a pet scan. Unless a biopsy was performed how could your doctor simply say that there ... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ken Levin
Radiology 45 years experience
May be: A question of the form can A show B is almost always answered maybe, because you cannot completely exclude the possibility that it may or may not demo... Read More
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