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Does anybody knows their SUV levels? ( PET levels)

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Thanks!

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I drive a 4 door sedan and as far as PET levels go, we have two cats and are not planning any more pets...

Sorry I can't be of any other help
;-)
-p

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I have a Jetta and 1 lazy, fat - 20lb cat so not much help here either! Thanks for the laugh Phil! I will have a PET scan in August and will let you know.
Hugs Friend!

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with your cars? Looking excited and laughing to hear the solution!.
An Spaniard!

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;)

We have one - a Chevy Tahoe.

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Hmmm? Maybe I win this one.

One SUV

Three Maine **** cats...

;)

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Great man!

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I don't think you'll get any useful answers to this question.

Different spots in your body will have different SUV levels. What's really important is the SUV level of a spot relative to surrounding tissue. For example, while 2.5+ is often cited as indicative of probable cancer, my lung nodule had an SUV of 1.0 or less (theoretically normal). But, my radiologist could see that it was subtly brighter than surrounding lung tissue (I looked at it with him). Indeed it did turn out to be a met (which I had surgically removed).

The kidneys and bladder always "light up" on PET - I assume that the "normal" SUV for those organs is greater than 1.0.

Take care,
Betsy

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Just a joke, hahahaha!

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Station Wagon here in Spain! I got a SUV , and didn't knew it !,Lol. Mercedes 320 R.lol.

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I've never had a PET, only CTs.

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Anne doesn't seem they do PET's here in Canada...I asked my onc. he said I'd have go to Sunnybrook or someplace like that, but he didn't see the need for one.

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It is common to have the two scans together and layered for better results. My CT/PT showed the cancer in very bright white. There were other areas of bright white but not as pronounced as the cancerous areas.

http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=bodyct
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pet-scan/MY00238

Above is two links to read what the differences are.
Best Always, mike

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Hugs!

AnneCan
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Sunnybrook is my cancer centre.

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Anne has your onc. ever suggested PET?

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I asked my previous onc + she said we will get what we need from the CT scans.

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This talks about my newest nodes from my scan the end of April:

A new high activity node measuring 1.4X1.4cm with metabolic activity SUV of 6.7, left above the aortic arch. But the rest of the mediastinum area looks good. In the retroperitoneal area a new one in the aortocaval region mid-kidney area 1.3X1cm with SUV 6.7. A new left retroperitoneal just below kidneys 1.3X1cm with very high SUV of 10.6.

So my most active new ones are 6.7 - 10.6.

This was before adding Irinotecan back in. My CEA went from over 11 down to 7.3 after one tx with the Irinotecan back in. Then it went from 7.3 to 5.5 after another. This round we dropped the 5-FU and I just had Irinotecan and Avastin. I'll find out what my CEA is next Wednesday (chemo again Thursday). In the past, when my CEA drops, the nodes shrink and SUV drops back down. So I know these numbers are not accurate for me today - they are lower than that.

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Im sure your figures have improved right now!.
Hope the best for you!

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I have a SUV and lots of Pet's 3 dog 3 cats. LMAO.

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We don't have a dog anymore, only cats.

Gotta love the editing on this site. I could write Maine, but could not write C O O N. I guess their breed is a bad name? ;)

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Fun!

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I can't write t r i m m i n g, when I tried to say I was out trimming the bushes in my front yard, I discovered trimming was apparently a bad word!!! LOL
Yea!! I won something!!! LMAO
Winter Marie

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Wish I could help, my HMO doctors don't really believe in SUV levels for colon cancer. I've tried to get them to tell me what they are. If I get SUV levels I don't get the size of the tumors, if I get the size of the tumors I get on SUV levels. I guess whoever reads the scan can only handle one or the other. That being said my tumors have gone from very high activity to moderate and from high to barely percebtible. If fiugre even if I don't have the SUV level, as long as the terminology for the activity level is used consistently, I can evaluate how the drugs are working.

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