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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can docs diagnose cancer in a parotid gland from a single cat scan with contrast? or would biopsy and/or additional tests/scans be needed to confirm? next appointment is with oncologist (before seeing ent) after finding growth on cat scan. do i worry?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Pursue the advised consultative pathway, as the specialists can help pinpoint the problem and provide a therapeutic approach to deal with this. If you wish further information regarding your CAT scan, contact the radiologist and have her(him) review the findings directly with you.
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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
No doctor will ever diagnose cancer without a tissue diagnosis with biopsy. The contrast enhanced CT result may suggest a malignancy but it is not 100% specific. You should not see an oncologist until you have a biopsy done by the ENT doctor, otherwise, it is a waste of your time. If I was you, I would postpone the appointment with the oncologist until the parotid cancer is confirmed.
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Last updated Mar 19, 2021

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