Jan 02, 2011 - 10:29 pm
I had mixed follicular/papillary thyroid cancer. Total thyroidectomy in 1988, with I-131 ablation in 1989. In 1990, the cancer came back and I had another I-131 ablation. I had clean scans until October 2010 when an I-131 scan showed "asymmetric radioiodine ac***ulation in the right submandibular region, which may represent physiologic uptake within the right submandibular salivary gland." My thyroglobulin was less than 20, but there is no specific number. Should I have had a PET/CT to rule out cancer in the salivary gland? If not, why not? Is there something other than cancer that can cause an uptake?
Since the thyroid scan, I am being treated for endometrial cancer and I am thinking it would be noce to have PET/CT to find out if the cancer has spread more than what they could tell during surgery (stage 3). If the PET/CT showed additional spread, I would want chemo followed by external radiation, rather than only the external radiation that has been recommended.
Do I now a have a valid reason to have whole body PET/CT?
Thank you, in advance.