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CT Scan question


Went for my 8 mth post operation ct scan. Scan came back showing 2 small areas of concern, one in my lower abdomen and one in my upper chest, no main organs. They want to do a biopsy, the other choice was to do a Pet Scan and wait 6 months. Are all CT scan results cancer, or can this be something left over from the surgery ? I have not had any issues and the Dr. can't feel anything out of the norm. I was just wondering if anyone has had similar readings from their scans. I don't want to push the panic button just yet, I'm still recovering from the surgery.

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Hi Larry13

No, not all CT scan results are cancer but I know I would do the biopsy (I'd rather know) than wait 6 months for a pet scan with it potentially growing if it were cancer.

I am 5 months post-op so I am still to have my second scan, however as my surgeon pointed out, there are post-operative elements that show up on the ct-scans and they are not 100% accurate anyway.

Best wishes and let us know what you decide to do as I am sure there will be others facing the same issues.

They found something in my liver at my 18 month post surgery scan. i opted for the biopsy and it turned out that it was sarcoidosis. Since that I have gone on to have my two children and it is over 10 years since my surgery at this stage.

After a CT scan I was shown as having an "abnormality" next to my aorta. This was judged "likely" to be a recurrence. Further PET scans and Ultrasonic Endoscopy gave me the all clear. The scans are necessary evil, doomed of you do, doomed if you don't. We had a six week wait between the CT and the final results. As a family it was just not good and had a lasting impact. I am now two years post surgery and have elected to have as few scans as is possible.

Good luck.



Thank you so much for all of your feedback, it helps me put things into prospective. I will be doing the biopsy just to be sure, but the waiting between test results is terrible. I was just starting to get some normalcy in my life and then I thought, here we go again.

Hi yes i just had my scan post op 11months and lymph nodes showed up. I was T1 and lymph nodes clear in July. I have had a cold chest thing which i told them about. Now waiting 6 weeks for a further scan.



Thank you for your reply, I hope everything goes well.

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