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Remission Scanning - How often?

Songflower's picture
Posts: 631
Joined: Apr 2009

I am wondering how often scanning is being recommended by your oncologists once you have completed treatment. I find some women have every three months, every six months, yearly and some none at all. I am not sure if there is not a recommended protocol or if insurance is dictating how often this followed once treatment is complete. I'd appreciate any input.


kkstef's picture
Posts: 706
Joined: May 2008

I finished treatment in January 2009. 3 months later I had a CT scan of the pelvis and abdomen. I will not have any more scans unless there are symptoms, etc. (any pain that does not go away in two weeks, nausea, vomiting, cough). I have a pelvic and pap smear every 3 months for 2-3 years and then every 6 months for 2 years, then annually.I will have an annual chest x-ray.

That's the plan for now!!


Posts: 54
Joined: Jul 2009

I finished treatment at the end of March and had a CT scan in April. I am due another one in October. My doctor said I'll be having one every six months and that at two years "I'll leave you alone" (referring to CT scans).


daisy366's picture
Posts: 1493
Joined: Mar 2009

I finished treatmetn in Feb. 09. I'm on the same basic plan as Karen - I will have paps and office visits every 4 months, CA125 every 2 months, no regular scans due to high radiation concern. I'm supposed to monitor myself for any changes. So far so good.

livenow09's picture
Posts: 63
Joined: Apr 2009

same for me....CT scan after treatment finished; CA 125 and vaginal cuff pap every three months for 4 years, then every six months for 2 years then yearly for the rest of my life; no routine CT scan; if CA 125 jumps more than 5 points, onc will go looking for cancer and will do CT scan; report any bloating or abdominal pain that doesn't resolve; keep a watchful eye on any changes in the body I can't explain as related to aging (61 yrs old)

So far so good....coming up to one WHOLE year of NED in Dec


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