|*DISCLAIMER: This page is an unmoderated forum, and the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Patients are advised to consult their personal physicians before making any medical decisions. |
My mom is having an easy time getting PET scans because she's on medicare and enrolled in the study they're doing about them. They don't cost her a nickel, and this is probably why her doctor is ordering them so frequently. What about an MRI in your case? It seems those are able to pick things up earlier.
I did read one time, some study which showed scans picking up mets 2 to 9 months after the CA19-9 rise. I posted about that here before and somebody asked me where I read that. I googled and couldn't manage to find it again. I don't remember how large the study was - seems most PC studies are very small. But that range of months has stuck in my head.
I really tried to tell myself her CA19-9 number wasn't too big of a deal and
if she was somebody who didn't produce that number, all we'd have is clear
scans and we'd be assuming everything was fine, but that huge jump to over
10,000 did me in. I'm actually surprised nothing was picked up on the CT. Her
number before her whipple was 1512. You'd think with 10,000, they'd see
something obvious in there.
Reply to this message | Return to Main Message List