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Topic: article: impact of PET scan on intended management

A new article was just published on the effect of the PET scan on treatment decisions for all types of cancer:

http://www.snm.org/docs/JNM_NOPR_Dec_08.pdf

One of the categories is liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer and it is clear from the numbers that the PET scan has a big impact. After the PET scan, the treatment plan was changed in 42% of cases. The plan was changed from no treatment to treatment in 33.6% of cases.

Librarian Patty

Re: article: impact of PET scan on intended management

Patty

What an interesting article!  Just to think that the PET scan resulted in a change of no treatment to treatment in 33.6% of the patients and from treatment to no treatment in only 9.2%.  It would seem that almost everyone should be getting a PET scan as part of their initial workup.  This gives patients information they can use in insisting on a thorough workup prior to treatment decisions being made.

Thanks so much for posting!

Jean

Re: article: impact of PET scan on intended management

This is a very interesting and informative article & I am glad that you posted it. I am not an expert, but am becoming one since my husband passed away from this horrible cancer. I have to agree that a PET Scan is very important especially with the interahepatic bile duct cancer. My husband had every test imaginable during a 6 week period when he first started to have problems & they were not finding anything. They suspected some type of cancer, but it wasn't until he had the PET Scan and a liver biopsy that he was diagnosised with CC. Unfortuately for us that was 1 week before he passed away. I think everyone should insist on haveing a PET Scan included in their initial testing. It seems that in a lot of cases that is the best and sometimes only way to find & diagnose this silent horrible cancer. Thanks for posting it.

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