Aug 11, 2010 - 3:36 am
Question regarding PET scan. So far my doctors have not scheduled me for a PET scan. Should I be requesting one?
Initial testing by my ENT for initial disgnosis was ultrasound of neck, CT scan, needle biopsy, which showed Squamos Cell Carcinoma in my right neck lymph nodes. Then he refered me to MD Anderson. He ordered a PET scan however since I knew MD Anderson would redo any outside tests I cancelled it.
Upon initial evaluation at MD Anderson I have had blood work, chest xray, dental xray, CT scan and right tonsil biopsy and left tonsil removed. BTW right tonsil positive for SCC, left tonsil negative. CT Scan shows enlarged lymph nodes lower down in neck.
The inital course of treatment is going to be Induction Chemotherapy and then radiation (7weeks) yet no PET scan ordered. I am new to all this and confused if I should be asking? It is hard to know what to ask then you don't know what you should be asking. Input on questions I should ask are appreciated. I have read some books, pamphlets but right now this is all so overwhelming.
I am assuming my coordinating Oncologist / my surgical oncologist or a member of my team will explain the treatment plan when I meet with him thursday. I want to make the best choices for my treatment so I am meeting with the nurse on my medical oncology team wednesday to review the chemotherapy plan. But wondered if I should ask about a PET scan or is that usually done later?