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SMLC-Scar or Tumor?

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Does anyone know if there's a way to determine if a spot on a catscan after chemo and radiation is scar tissue or still a tumor? My oncologist says
it's probably scar tissue and isn't concerned but I'd like to know for sure. Is this normal after radiation of the lungs?

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Hi. Based on my experience (nsclc stage III-B, 3 years post surgery) I would ask for a follow-up scan in three months. If there is no sign of growth or change, then it probably is scar tissue. Cancers grow, - they don't just sit there. Three months is the normal time between scans to look for growth. It is not an emergency situation, - if there's growth, it will be slow.

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A PET scan is a better tool than a Cat scan to determine if the area is truly just scar. It probably is. We are all probably left with areas of scar tissue but must stay alert. Ask for a PET scan if you haven't had one. Cheryl

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