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Lea was posted 06/01/2002 04:05 pm by JackieK
E-mail Address: JK14@prodigy.net

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Lea, I read on a pubmeb paper dated 2002 that pet scans are good for those who have the neuroendocrine cancers for followup, octreoscans are good for dx-ing. If they have been treated with the octreotide injections the receptor sites that usually show in an octroscan might not show up again, due to the fact that the meds used to control the symptoms quiet down the receptors( or any other treatment that worked). And if they need to give them another octreoscan they have to go off the meds to get the receptor sights active again( and if their still producing) and that could be a problem. Your drs can give this as an arguement for the pet scan follow up after treatments. But like some have said they(pet scans) don't always work.I think they should do both. My husbands primary tumor never showed on a cat scan, his mets did but not the primary. His tumor stained with chromogranin and synaptophysin those are neuroendocrine markers but was highly aggressive, they should have done an octreoscan on him but didn't, they chose to ignore the markers instead.

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