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 accumulation 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.