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Sharon,

Yes, very good news. It means our most effective lung cancer treatment -- surgery -- is still possible. It also means you'll Stage at III or lower.  Here is some information on lung cancer staging.

Stay the course.

Tom

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Great news--you'll know more after your bronchoscopy/biopsy, but I know that even though I was sure my nodule was cancerous, I was extremely relieved to have a PET CT where the nodule was the only thing that lit up.  That should make everything less complicated.

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The hospital have just phoned to say I need a cat scan on my head as it's better results than with a pet scan?don't they see with brain with.pet scan now I'm paranoid  thinking they are not telling me things,they have brought rigid bronchoscopy forward to the 1/2/19 does this sound scary to you s?

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PET scans "light up" parts of the body that are using a lot of glucose.  Tumors work overtime, so they typically are consuming a lot more glucose than the surrounding tissues, which makes them easy to see.  But some parts of the body NATURALLY take up a lot of glucose--that includes the brain, as well as few other organs.  So they use a different imaging method to look for any possible metastasis in the brain.

As the others have said, this is pretty routine.  I didn't have one because my nodule was so small, there wasn't--at that point--any concern about the possibility of spread to the brain.   Bottom line--the fact that it's being ordered doesn't mean a thing, except that they are being thorough.

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The amount of testing necessary to get the right diagnosis is dizzying. I had a chest xray, chest CT scan, CT guided needle biopsy, whole body PET scan and a brain MRI within 4 wks. My oncologist said that lung cancer spreads to the liver and brain easily, so that's why they need the PET scan (to look at the rest of the body & liver) and the brain MRI. I had additional tests to be declared "fit for surgery" in addition to those mentioned above also in the 4 weeks. So like LexieCat said, it sounds like they are being thorough. 

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