Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung?

Yes it can show. Pet scan also will have superimposed very high resolution ct scan images will show, now need additional test to find out the nature of fluid.
How much? You had both a pet scan and a ct scan as they are used together. Sometime a small amount of fluid on the lung that is not "hot" on pet scan can be normal. Depending on how much fluid and whether or not there tumors notes anywhere else and whether or not the fluid is metabolically active, your oncologist may decide to sample the fluid or just watch it. Need to discuss your scan with oncologist.
A Pleural effusion. Fluid between the pleural and visceral lining of the lung. It is usually caused by a fluid inbalance. Do you have a bad heart? Second most common cause...Infection.

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Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Biopsy. The only way to determine that this is actually metastatic breast cancer would be to perform a biopsy and evaluate if that tissue is breast carcinoma. A pet scan just shows an increase in cellular glucose utilization, but does not tell you anything about the cell type. Read more...
Not clear. They are likely still malignant, just not up taking the tracer. It may b a good opp to respect them if they are the only lesions seen. Read more...
Favorable Response. Pet provides the benefit of early identification of ineffective chemotherapy, particularly metastatic breast cancer, as various alternative treatment options are available & allows patients to be spared the toxicities of ineffective treatments. Complete metabolic response is a great prognostic indicator with significantly increased overall survival compared to patients showing no response. Read more...

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?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
Perhaps. It is possible. Is your doctor considering a biopsy of the suspicious lesion seen on the ct scan? Read more...

What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

Pet scan challenging. A pet scan will generally show 3 main groups of findings. Infection inflammation or cancer. With a history of breast cancer a biopsy may be considered but that will depend on the details of the situation. Read more...
Needs follow up. Although clearly one has to be concerned about the possibility of metastatic breast cancer, there are many causes of "hot" subcarinal lymph nodes on pet scan. The only definitive way to evaluate the area would be with a biopsy or fine needle aspiration with pathological examination. Good luck. Read more...

What does breast cancer look like on a pet scan?

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...

Want a second opinion for a Pet Scan taken due to metastatis of breast cancer?

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?

Cancer. Excellent question. It all depends on what type is cancer. If your breast cancer is localized and resectable, unlikely you need a metastatic work up with PET. If you have well differentiated thyroid cancer, you may also not need PET. However, your oncologist may get a baseline scan. You may have a genetic predisposition and may need screening for colon, cervical and ovarian ca. Read more...
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 more...
Genetic testing. You definitely need genetic counseling and testing. A complete family history will help direct this as well. There is no role for screening to look for metastatic disease if you are not known to have it. Read more...
PET scan. Interesting question. I would first pursue genetic counseling. PET is not used for routine thyroid cancer surveillance unless the cancer has lost its ability to take up iodine. I get many referrals of breast cancer patients who got PET from their breast doctor and they have thyroid lesions that require evaluation. Don't jump to PET. It's easy to do, but expensive, and most helpful when it is neg. Read more...

Oct 2012-pet scan done with 2 areas of concern after breast cancer dx....Had biopsy and bone scan that were both neg...All cancer treatment done and #2 pet showed same areas-no change. Why bone scan?

Because. Breast cancer often spreads to the bone and a bone scan is the best way to look for it. Read more...
D/w your MD. The best person to answer your question is your doctor. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what the reason is. Most likely is the same reason your doctor did the bone scan last time- to ensure that this is also unchanged on the bone scan. Unlike the bone scan, the pet scan was not done dedicated only to check the bone. What is your cancer marker, alkaline phosphatase level? D/w your md. Read more...
Bone scan after a. Pet not very helpful. If there is a suspicious bone lesion, the solution is to biopsy it to prove malignancy or benignancy. Radiology departments are usually asked to do this under ct-scan direction. A 'negative' biopsy needs to demonstrate that the needle was iin the correct location. After all is said and done, an image can be falsely positive and followed. Read more...
Both help. No one test can see everything. There are some types of bone lesions which are better seen on a bone scan, while others are better seen on a pet scan. Breast cancer can do either/both. Read more...

Do I need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.

PET . Pet scans are not proven to be of use in stage i breast cancer. There is a new type of breast-only pet canning called pem zthat is currently being tested, but right now there it also has no established role in monitoring you for recurrence or a new cancer. Glad to hear the mammo was clear and wish you the best. For now an annual mammo, possibly with an ultrasound, is the best testing after treatment for an early stage breast cancer. There are some woman with a particularly higher risk of recurrence or of developing a second new tumor who will also benefit from regular MRI scans. Ask your doctors if they think you need this too. Read more...
Technically no. Technically no. But i would still consider getting one ( if you can afford one , or if your insurance will consent ) for piece of mind. Remember a pet/ct scan covers your head to thigh and could some other , non-symptomatic areas of concern. Read more...
You and your oncolog. You and your oncologist need to discuss this. Given the low stage, and assuming successful completion of treatment, pet/ct might not be indicated at this time. It does depend on the specifics of your case. Pet/ct is useful in evaluating for distal metastatic disease. It does not replace mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI for local recurrence surveillance . Read more...
No. If all of your treatment is completed as you are followed by your oncology team with breast exams, mammograms and md breast exams, pet scan will offer little to no benefit. There r also some blood markets that can be used to evaluate for early recurrence and this merit additional studies. Routinely though after treatment for an early stage breast cancers do not require pet scan for surveillance. Read more...

Breast cancer spread to the lung? What should I do?

You must. Pay attention to your oncologist , follow the advise , as so many good options are available in the treatment at your stage . If needed take a second opinion , good luck. Read more...