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Is there an alternative to pet for staging lung cancer?

Is there an alternative to pet for staging lung cancer?

Several Options: Several tests can help stage lung cancer. A contrast enhanced (injected into a vein) CT is the usual first test. The advantage of a PET/CT (not just a PET) is the ability to look for disease in unexpected places (brain for example) or in areas which appear normal on CT, like small lymph nodes. PET shows areas which are using sugar for energy, as some cancers, including lung, do. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If you get pnenmonia then get told you have lung cancer, is normally advanced cancer?, as we are still waiting for staging process thanks

If you get pnenmonia then get told you have lung cancer, is normally advanced cancer?, as we are still waiting for staging process   thanks

No necessarily: Pneumonia is a fairly common initial menifestation of lung cancer as the tumor started from the inner lining of the bronchial tumes and can block the lumen which leads to infection, menifesting as a Pneumonia. Tumor can quite small yet sometimes it has already spead simultanously. So only a CT scan or PET/CT scan can give you a better idea about the stage of lung Cancer(early versus late). ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

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Do pet scans show lung cancer?

Do pet scans show lung cancer?

Sort of...: The pet scan non-specifically show very metabolically active (consuming lots of energy), and lung cancer and its metastasis fit that category. It is not specific. Benign conditions like sarcoid can also make pet studies glow very brightly as well. Slow growing lung cancer, broncheoalveolar may not be pt avid. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! will lung cancer be missed on a pet?

Need doctor's help! will lung cancer be missed on a pet?

Maybe: Most lung cancers will be seen on a pet/ct scan, unless they are very small. But if it's the size of a blueberry or larger, it will be seen. Pet scans show bright spots where cells are using a lot of sugar (see picture). This can be from a cancer, an infection, or inflammation. So a negative pet scan means you probably don't have lung cancer. If you do, it's tiny! i hope you feel better! ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

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What is the definition or description of: pet-ct lung cancer diagnosis?

What is the definition or description of: pet-ct lung cancer diagnosis?

No such thing: Pet scan identifies increased cellular metabolism. The suv is a measure of how metabolically active a "spot" or "nodule" is. It does not diagnose. Lung cancer (all cancers) is diagnosed by obtaining tissue and examining by pathologist. Any lung nodule must be thoroughly investigated and closely followed by a comprehensive thoracic team. ...Read more

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Radiology Does a PET scan have a much better chance of picking up a central lung cancer if it was missed at LDCT? Thank You

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Does a PET scan have a much better chance of picking up a central lung cancer if it was missed at LDCT? 
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LDCT is a : noncontrast lung nodule screening study, and it is possible that small central lesions may not be visualized due to proximity to normal blood vessels or other structures. PET is extremely sensitive, but if a diagnostic contrast enhanced CT scan with thinner collimation and higher resolution is negative, probably unnecessary. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

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Can pet scan always diagnose /confirm presence of lung cancer or can only give indication and later biopsy is vital to confirm cancer if a nodule seen?

Bx definitive: A positron emission tomography (pet) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. It is often used to determine the treatment of cancer, if it is spreading, or improving, etc. Used in combination with tests such as ct or mri, it can provide a very high index of suspicion for cancer, but a bx is always definitive and used for tx. ...Read more

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Staging (Definition)

Many diseases have specific treatments based on their severity. A disease can have certain criteria to determine their severity and applying this criteria to determine how advanced the disease state is called staging. Most commonly this is applied to cancer, and be determining how far the cancer has spread locally and/or to distant sites a stage of cancer can be ...Read more


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more