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TJ: PET Scan was posted 03/30/1999 05:31 pm by David T.
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This chat page is driving me nuts. There are so many bugs that I was not able to directly respond. TJ: I have had both: CT scans and PET scans. I have not heard that a PET scan is useless for pancreatic cancer. In fact, in my research prior to getting the PET scan, the research showed that a PET scan is better than a CT scan in picking up pancreatic cancer. The reason there may be a problem, is that a PET scan works by imaging radioactive material that is injected and picked up by tumors. Unfortunately, this same radioactive material is highly absorbed by material in your colon, thus possibly obscuring any tumor image. However, PET scan is considered sh superior. For my own experience, my CT scans were negative, so my onc suggested the PET scan. However, (maybe making your point) my PET scan also turned out to be negative despite the fact that we know I have recurrent pancreatic cancer. So, a PET scan is also not the end all answer either.

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