niececola Posted October 27, 2003 Share Posted October 27, 2003 Good Morning, My mom is scheduled to find out the results of her CT scan the first week of November. As some of you may know, my mom does not ask a lot of questions about her condition, so I am her spokesperson when it comes to the heavy duty stuff. A few things have come to mind that I would appreciate your thoughts on: 1) Her diagnosis came as a result of a biopsy of her sternum. Upon meeting with the doctor at the beginning of all this, he said he will use that same location for all tests going forward to determine whether or not the chemo is working. I have read stories of people who have had CT scans and it was determined that the primary tumor had decreased but new tumors had developed in other parts of their bodies. My concern is that if he only does a CT scan of her sternum, he will never know if tumors are developing in other parts of her body, i.e. liver, brain, etc. 2) He has not yet discussed radiation with us. Isn't it quite common to do radiation and chemo together? The doctor has reduced her steroids and her back pain has stayed consistent, so I think it is his thought that the chemo is working. I think I am confused as to why radiation is used. It is only used for pain management? Is there no value in using it to get rid of the tumor or is that what the chemo is for? 3) At what point will they do a PET scan again? I think this is all for now. I think I know some of the answers to my questions, but this board is so helpful in finding out what other people know and have experienced. I would like to go into my conversation with the doctor with as much knowledge as possible. Many thanks! God Bless, Denise Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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