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Pet Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Depends: This depends on if your are looking for local recurrence in the breast (ultrasound can help) or distant recurrence (in other organs outside the breast)-pet is better. They are both great tests. If you have concerns, i recommend contacting your oncology team and consider getting a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
I have Stage4 Breast Cancer. PET showed Multiple
subcentimeter lesions and focal fatty marrow
within the left sacral ala. Areas for concern?
Frequently light up: Breast cancers frequently light up on pet scan but the purpose of the scan is usually to look for metastases, not look at the actual breast tumor. Small tumors, including in the breast or metastases, may not be seen on pet scan so while a positive scan confirmed with biopsy means there is a metastasis, a negative scan does not automatically mean that you don't have a metastasis. ...Read more
Image?: DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE IMAGE TO SHOW ONLINE? DID YOU MEAN YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO TO SEE FOR A SECOND OPINION? IF IT IS THE LATTER, YOU NEED TO SEE AN ONCOLOGIST. ...Read more
Dx breast cancer at 39, thyroid cancer at 40. Is a PET scan needed to rule out mets and am I at a risk for other cancers?
Possibly: Hereditary predisposition to certain cancers usually occur at earlier ages. At age of less than 50 yrs you would qualify for genetic testing for BRCA 1 & 2 mutations. A PET scan depending on the clinical situation can detect spread of disease (not as good in the brain) to other organs but in someone with BRCA gene mutation, the development of other kinds of cancer may not occur at the same time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?
PET - CT: Pet-ct scans are a means of combining the x-ray of a ct scan with the functional study of a pet scan. The pet scan can see over-active cells that are actively using glucose. The over-active cells may represent cancer cells and is a means of telling if cancer cells are spreading or growing somewhere in the body. The ct scan may see a growth & the pet scan can see if the growth has overactive cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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