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Never was posted 04/08/2017 01:34 pm by Anonymous
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Your risk of cancer due to the CT scan is a pittance, negligible, irrelevant compared to the much higher risk of a cancer recurrence. Not only that, many would say the CT scan should include the lungs, as late mets to the lung have been mentioned numerous times on this board.

Unless you are being followed by the best experts at a place like Hopkins, with an excellent PCP and gastrenterologist following you long term to follow up on a possible insidious new symptoms like weight loss and mood changes, and checking CA19-9 and CEA markers at LEAST yearly, I would never stop the scans.

Some do. For some, the anxiety surrounding yearly scans is too great. Scan/PC PTSD is real. So, they have to put it behind them. Perhaps they are older with other medical issues anyway, so a recurrence is potentially less acute. Only you can decide what is best for you.

But I will always recommend continuing scans. Long term.

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