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How long did you wait for PET post trearment?

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Trying to find out what the norm or average time for a followup Pet post trearment. My Doc says 9 weeks. I've heard other folks anywhere from 4 weeks to 9 months? What was yours and did it affect the results?

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My husband finishes his rad tomorrow and his oncologist has already told him he will have a PET in 3 months.

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Three months or so on the first post-treatment scan. Then six months, a year (for several years) and, happily, no more. As usual there appears to be a range that is acceptable so don't be alarmed if your schedule differs. Good health to you. Rich

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They told us 3 months for a PET -- 2 weeks for CT

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New bride reason for the CT at 2 weeks?

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My doctor said at least six months due to the possibility of false positives so soon after radiation.

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They were set at 3 month increments.

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My doctor also said at least six months due to the possibility of false positives so soon after radiation. I will have a CT at three months and PET at six.

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Completed treatment 10-07, first PET 1-08 showed small area of concern, Sonogram 02-08 verified that it was a false positive and diminishing. PET 4-08 all clear. At the one year mark reduced PET to each 6 months. Next one is next week for the 2 yr. mark. Assuming all is well they may reduce to annual PET's. ENT recommends quarterly pediatric nasal/throat scoping and an annual PET up to the 5 year mark.

As others have said, don't be alarmed if they see "false-positives" at the first 3 mo. PET. This is very common.

Best of luck..................JK

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My Oncologist ordered mine at six weeks post treatment, all was clear (tonsil cancer with a tumor also located on the side of my throat behind and lower than my ear) stage III SCC HPV related.....

My ENT feels that the first PET should be in the 3 - 4 month range also as stated because of false reads and incomplete healing from all of the radiation.

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