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Can a ct scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: A ct scan can show possible concerning findings based on a radiologist's interpretation of what is seen. Often these findings indicate a need for further testing first, such as pet scan or biopsy. See hour oncologist to identify if the ct scan findings are genuinely concerning first.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Read below: Breast cancer can progress or recur in case chemotherapy is not working well against cancer. Ct scan is the best way to look for cancer in the lungs and liver. But it can only show shadows which often require further tests...Either a biopsy or a pet scan if there is any uncertainty about the cause of the shadows. Sometimes radiotherapy can cause shadows on the lungs...So not all shadows are mets.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Perhaps: It is possible. Is your doctor considering a biopsy of the suspicious lesion seen on the ct scan?

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