A 27-year-old male asked:
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pet scan 3-4mm, suv value of 1, no further evidence of disease, before surgery melanoma 0.8 mm negative sln, blood samples normal, no other signs

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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Location?: Where is the positive site of activity on the pet scan? Is it in a site that could be easily biopsied? Could be unrelated to the melanoma.
Answered on Apr 6, 2013
Dr. James Cullington
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Melanoma : You now have a baseline to be monitored by you and your oncologist will follow you for the rest of your life the term ned means no evidence of disease not no cancer therefore routine monitoring is your best protection.
Answered on Aug 28, 2013
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Usually good news: All good results. One caveat - pet can be falsely negative in very small (generally less than 10 mm) lesions, due to technical reasons. If the 3-4 mm lesion is new, that is more concerning. Continue close follow up with your dermatologist and primary care provider. And keep protecting your skin from the sun!
Answered on Apr 28, 2013

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