Mar 03, 2011 - 10:05 am
7 months out and had a PET/CT scan this week which shows a hot spot at the site of the original tumor at the BOT. Not exactly the results I was looking for. After consultation with the ENT, he is recommending surgery to remove the 'Primary site residual tumor'. He doesn't see anything to lead him to believe the hot spot is from inflammation and said he could palpate the tumor. No biopsy as tumor is inaccessible except through a surgical procedure. Surgery choices are conventional or robotic.
It seems that hot spots on post treatment PET's are a fairly common occurrence for folks posting on this board, especially only 3-4 months out, though my doctors seem quite sure this is the real thing. I will be looking for 2nd and 3rd opinions for what steps to take next. It seems to me that a biopsy should be done 1st to confirm the diagnosis.
Ain't this a real kick in the head. Cheers