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Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 06:07AM

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?

Dx 12/12/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 27, 2013 12:44PM 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 of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side ; Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 03/22/2006 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 07/27/2006 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Radiation Therapy 07/27/2006 Surgery 10/19/2006 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Hormonal Therapy 03/01/2007 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 03/23/2007 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Hormonal Therapy 04/01/2007 Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2007 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 07/23/2007 Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 07/01/2008 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast
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Jul 28, 2013 12:04PM 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

Linda

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 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 08/11/2000 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Chemotherapy 08/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol Radiation Therapy 02/26/2001 Hormonal Therapy 05/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/05/2005 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 04/07/2006 Hormonal Therapy 04/07/2006 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 04/14/2014 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD))
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Jul 29, 2013 11:39AM 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 30, 2013 08:40AM 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 30, 2013 12:29PM 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 30, 2013 12:31PM del3 wrote:

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

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Jul 30, 2013 12:38PM taffy_needhelp1234 wrote:

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