I’m going to have a PET/CT scan and was
wondering which is the best for my prostate cancer.
F-18 FDG or F-18 Sodium Fluoride PET/CT Scan.
I’m not sure what the difference is.
Thanks for your help.
I have not had either of those scans, but you might find this thread and link interesting to read.
Thank you for the information - very informative.
what was it?
I had the axumin ctpet which is pretty widely available. See axumin.com for locations. Found bone met which I radiated with SBRT.
Good to know. Thank you Bob.
you know you can edit a comment, to add or chang things?
Thank you Joel .
Did you have any (personal) highlights from the PCRI conference - things you noticed?
I had the sodium flouride pet scan which detected my first 3 bone mets that a normal ct scan did not find.
I had a sodium fluoride that DID NOT find anything but a C11 Acetate that did. SRT, undetectable PSA so far.
F-18 FDG is fluorodeoxyglucose, but prostatic cells prefer fatty acids to glucose, & this continues in cancer cells.
As Dr. Myers said in an old vblog post: "Good luck getting insurance to pay for it!" (from memory). I'm surprised it is being offered.
F-18 Sodium Fluoride PET/CT Scan would target bone, but not other tissue, as I understand it. I don't know how useful it is.
The search for the perfect imaging tool for PCa seems never ending.
Thank you for the Information.
I paid for a trip to Berlin Germany as they have PSMA prostate specific marker agent scan using GA-58. All scans in Canada were clear but in Berlin found two small pelvic lymph node tumors now working on them and metastatic PC. People there were very friendly and helpful and for no extra cost got about 2 hrs of consultation on the results of my scan in same day.
Thank you for the information.
Is this PSMA using GA68 available in the U.S. If so, do you know where. I live in Florida.
I believe PSMA scan is in Trials in USA and Canada but you would need to ask your oncologist. I chose Berlin as they have been doing it for many years and are fully experienced on getting results.
It cost me $$ but well worth rather than waiting for tumors to show up at a more advanced stage under standard CAT/PET scan.
They also have a fully approved chemo for prostate tumors which from the literature is effective and minimal side effects. In my case my tumors were too small to be treated with LU-177
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