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Mantle Cell and Liver Tumor

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Hello.  my mother was diagnosed this last August with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.  She did six rounds of chemo and did fabulously!  However, when they did the post chemo PET scan, they found a spot on her liver.  We did the biopsy today and it will be 3-5 days before the results but I guess I'm just asking if anyone has seen this before?  Is it possible that it could be non-cancerous?  My heart is hurting so much.  Thank you

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Nothing exactly matching, but I have had lung nodules show up. Many find them very discomforting, but I was advised that they are common and something to watch. PET scans do not find cancer per se - they find hyper-metabolic activity, which can be injury or healing, inflammation or yes, malignancy. Could it be a little pocket of the lymphoma needing to be cleaned up? Certainly. Even if it is a secondary cancer, it sounds to be very early and something like a resection of her liver could remove all of it - worst case scenario perhaps.  

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