Sue here,at the risk of sounding dumb-which my dr made me feel the other day,I would like to know if I was requesting the wrong test. My rib cage has been hurting for sometime now.I finally broke down and went to my reg. physician last week,he had x-rays of my chest taken -they came back clean.Okay thats great except my ribs still hurt,I asked about the PET scan to make sure there was no more cancer,he told me my onocologist would have to request it.I called her,she returned my call letting me know that she didn't think I needed that test,that it wasn't given to patients with breast cancer but if I wanted it for peace of mind she would set it up next week and I would have to pay for it because unless she thought it necessary my insurance would not cover it.---Am I asking for the wrong test????Just for back ground-I was dx august 2003 invasive ductal carcinoma,stage 1 her2nu postive,no lymph nodes involved.Had a mastectomy then four rounds of ac finished up in jan'04.I read something the other day that the cancer can mestasize through the lymph nodes or the blood stream.What really has stuck in my mind is when the dr was doing the biopsy he had trouble getting it out-I was awake during the procedure,I just wonder if between the time that was done and the mastectomy a week later if any was left to go to my chest wall or ribs.If nothing shows up on the x-rays and the pain is still there what should I do or ask for.It may be nothing but pain I have to live with -I can handle that -Not knowing is something else.My surgery was almost nine months ago and the pain is in my front lower rib cage on both sides(surgery on the left).I thought the pet scan would show if any cancer has been left behind or returned -I don't know what to think now.I don't believe what my onocologist said about the PET scan,I maybe wrong,but if there is still a problem besides x-rays shouldn't something else be done? I know this is long and my onocologist is now on vacation for a couple of weeks.I really can't afford to pay for the test out of my pocket what should I do - where should I go for info?What should I be asking about or asking for ?
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and if you can advise please do so ,your input would be tremendously appreciated.God Bless You All!