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Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 01:07PM

anneflorida wrote:

I am 3 years out from treatment and had my annual PET scan which was negative for cancer.  My oncologist came in to the examination room asking me about my stomach.  I said that my stomach was fine and that I felt great.  He showed me the PET scan and a large area of my stomach was lit up and he said that it indicated gastritis and scheduled me for an endoscopy.  Has this happened to anyone else?

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Jul 26, 2013 07:44PM karen1956 wrote:

My onc does not do routine scans...he only does scans if patient is symptommatic....congrats on the good NO cancer results....

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-, Dx 2/2/2006, ILC, Stage IIIa, Grade 1, 8/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 03/01/2006 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Chemotherapy 03/22/2006 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxotere Radiation Therapy 07/27/2006 External Hormonal Therapy 07/27/2006 Arimidex Surgery 10/19/2006 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Hormonal Therapy 03/01/2007 Femara Surgery 03/23/2007 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Hormonal Therapy 04/01/2007 Tamoxifen Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2007 Aromasin Surgery 07/23/2007 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 07/01/2008 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Jul 27, 2013 07:04PM LindaLou53 wrote:

Hi Anne, a PET scan is fairly sensitive to revealing areas of inflammation or increased metabolic activity that does not necessarily indicate cancer activity.  My PET scan showed lots of "lit up" areas in my lumbar spine and hips but this was due to longstanding arthritis and disc degeneration in those areas.  The radiologists are pretty good at distinguishing between areas suspicious for cancer and areas due to benign inflammatory processes.

It sounds like there are no worries about cancer on your PET, but it is a good idea to have the stomach checked out if you have had no previous history of GI issues.  A lot of women experience GI distress including gastritis even several years following chemo treatments. Our GI systems also get a little more sensitive as we get older, so it may just be an early "heads up" for you.

It is great you are feeling good and no signs of cancer 3 years out!  Smile


P.S. I and my onc believe in doing annual CT scans, not PETs because a PET can have a higher incidence of false positives.  Also it is not very accurate at detecting small lesions 1.0 cm in size or smaller.  PET scans are also more expensive than CTs but are still very useful when needing confirmation of suspicious areas if found on CT.  I personally would much rather find something early which typically may not be symptomatic, than wait for symptoms to present themselves.

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIc, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 08/11/2000 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Chemotherapy 08/30/2000 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol Radiation Therapy 02/26/2001 External Hormonal Therapy 05/10/2001 Tamoxifen Surgery 12/05/2005 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere, Xeloda Radiation Therapy 04/07/2006 External Hormonal Therapy 04/07/2006 Aromasin Hormonal Therapy 04/14/2014 Faslodex
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Jul 28, 2013 06:39PM jennyboog wrote:

Congrats on 3 yrs....I'm 3 yrs today!  I did a scan last mth and know they will lit up inflammation so it would make sense that it would.  I've had stomach issue since tx.  I have taken Prilosec since chemo and had h.pylori also.  Congrats again dx sister :) 

IBC & BRCA1+...Cancer touched my breast, so I kicked it's butt! Dx 7/28/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIc, Grade 2, 5/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 29, 2013 03:40PM del3 wrote:

Linda,  Glad to have that info re: ct scan as I have sadly followed your path starting at 0 then 2a and very recently further on. V

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Jul 29, 2013 07:29PM taffy_needhelp1234 wrote:

Linda Lou, I have questions for you. I was diagnosed with stage 2 with no lymph node involvement. MRI and CT showed no mets and then the bone scan showed suspicious for mets to 10th rib. how accurate is this test and doctor did order pet scan but Im so scared that it has spread to bones. need help.

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Jul 29, 2013 07:31PM del3 wrote:

By the way, my doctor does both at same time I just learned. V

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Jul 29, 2013 07:38PM taffy_needhelp1234 wrote:

is the bone scan accurate? most likely pet scan will show same thing?