jasonandsarah wrote:@Lee - They did contrast, not sure if it's classified as PET scan. MRI with Eovist.
We did go to have it biopsied, but there were differences of opinions on whether they could do it with ultrasound or not (which was prescribed) - turning into a Cluster Fluck in the end did not have it biopsied.
We are doing 2 months of chemo and then hopefully resection, then on for more chemo.
Anyone else seen this regimen? I'm really hoping TIL therapy is available soon.
No that is not a PET scan, butt many times a CAT scan (with contrast) is used together with a PET scan. This is very lay man terms (I'm not a Dr), with a PET scan you are given radio active sugar glucose. Cancer cells love that sugar (glucose, not to be confused with table sugar) and suck it up. They look for an uptake. This uptake takes on a very red (high activity) color simply because those cancer cells loves that glucose (again not to be confused with table sugar). Table sugar is okay to eat.
It's a good way to find out if something suspicious is cancer. No uptake=no cancer. Butt location is also important, which is why a medically trained person is looking at the results. I had a PET scans once, Certain areas were red and I'm like that is not good. My Onc is like, that is nothing for the _________ area.
Hope this helps.
If your wife is dealing with a stage IV diagnoses, you really want to get a 2nd opinion at a major cancer treatment center. Where are you. HAI pump with Dr. Kemny has had a lot of success with people who have been told chemo for life only option. Cancer treatment centers are on the leading edge of the latest and new procedures. Remember not all Dr are equal.
Hope this helps,