Jan 19, 2010 - 12:38 am
Hi - my mum, 65, was diagnosed with uterine cancer in Sept 09. She underwent a hysterectomy and the doctor's report post surgery said that the histopathology findings were - 'moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of endometrium with omental metastases with ascitic fluid positive for malignant cells'. Discussions with surgon and oncologist led us to ascertain that the cancer is - Endometrial adenocarcinoma Stage III C - and she was advised chemotherapy with Paclitaxel + Carboplatin.
She has just complted 6 rounds of chemo, with some side-effects esp. after round 5 and 6, but overall she is doing okay. Emotionally she is still in the cacner fighting mode. To determine how my mum has reacted to the chemo and determine next steps - the doctor is suggesting doing another CT scan. We asked about PET scan but the doctor was not keen. Also, at this stage she does not want to consider radiation. The doctor has said from day one, that this cancer, will not spread outside the pelvic cavity.
I would appreciate if anybody has more information of the advantages/disadvantages of CT vs. PET scan for this type of cancer. Also, if you have experience of doing both chemo and radiation or only one treatment.