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pet scan vs ct scan for prostate cancer

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Negative FDG PET/CT: Is good, but does not rule out metastatic disease, since prostate cancer is not well imaged by FDG pet, probably because most prostate cancer is not v ... Read More
Dr. Michael Michaels
52 years experience Urology
No biopsy?: You are 40 years old with PSA of 36.Free PSA 0.07%. No biopsy was done??Did you see a urologist? Best of luck.

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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Spencer Long
Specializes in Urology
Slight possibility: A metastasis to the liver in your situation is very unlikely. However, "Never say always or never". It should be followed up with other studies to mak ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Cassivi
26 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Metabolic activity: Pet/ct scans are used in staging cancers-figuring out whether and how far a tumor has spread. While a ct scan shows anatomy (where things are), a pet ... Read More
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Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Metastasis: A pet scan is helpful in identifying metastasis of the cancer, or spread to other organs such as the liver or bone, as well as spread to adjacent or d ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Anatomy vs Physiolog: Ct scans look at the structure of the body, the anatomy, and the way diseases change or distort it. Pet looks at the physiology, or how the body us ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
PET in cancer: PET scans are used to detect areas of abnormally increased metabolism, while CT scans only detect areas of differing density or lucency to radiation. ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Possibly: More important is the pathology. We rely on pathology and the immunochemistry. The pet may be helpful but sometimes we do not find a primary. This ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Good.: Although somewhat agressive, your prognosis is relatively good with the information provided.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes but: Alternatives are external beam radiation and radiation seeds (brachytherapy). At your age, conservative (watching) isn't advised. All of the therapies ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Your question is: incomplete...the "sclerotic focus" may suggest bone spread of the prostate Cancer. There is specific life extending treatment for this cancer and you ... Read More

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