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In January, my father was going in for a knee replacement. A routine cat scan found a tumor (nodule) on his right lobe. Knee surgery was put on hold. Surgery for the tumor was successful with the surgeon being able to take out the whole lobe. In July, my father went for a follow-up Pet Scan. Hot spots have been discovered on the pet scan in three lymph nodes and lining of the lung. He has progressed from a Stage 1 to a Stage 111B within 6 months! 2 of 6 board of doctors at Sloan are questioning some of the hot spots. They feel it may be scar tissue from his surgery. We were told that scar tissue can sometimes come up as hot spots on the pet scan. They want to review his original cat scan (pre-surgery). We are awaiting their suggestion. Treatment is our concern. We were told that normally treatment would be chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, radiation is not an option because his lungs are in such bad shape. They suggested chemotherapy - combination of Taxol and carboplatin. I am sorry this is so long. Do you know anything about false positive pet scans and alternative treatment to try along with the chemotherapy. Thank you for your time and help!!

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My neighbour had a pet scan last week, and there was a spot on her left lung, so she had biopsy this Monday. I met her husband last night, he told me they did not find cancer cell in the tissue that they got. My neighbour had a Chest X-ray 6 wks ago, they found a big spot on her left lung. She had a CAT scan immediately, the CAT scan showed a mass on her left side. She went to MD Anderson for further diagnosis, they did biopsy, and did not find any cancer cell. So she had Pet Scan and biopsy again.

After two biopsy with both negative results, I believe she did not get LC. I think PET Scan sometimes does show the false result.

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