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Did anyone have their post chemo scan without contrast? My scheduled one is without contrast and seems odd to me. I am glad, but surprised. And hoping it was not scheduled incorrectly.

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With contrast they do it twice, so you get double the dose of radiation.  I had a pre-surgery lung scan without contrast, but post surgery, all have been with contrast.  But since you are concerned, why not just call the doctor and ask why?  It could be because the area of concern (lungs, liver, etc.) does not benefit from the contrast.  Or it could be that the order was entered wrong.

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I am going to try to ask Doctor but I only realized today when I got the certification letter, and the office is closed on weekends and my scan is 9am Monday morning 

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And my pre surgery scans were with contrast

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Hi Abita, i am also gong to be having a CT scan (high resolution) without contrast  for my follow up scan for lung mets. My understanding this scan is best for assessing the status of lung tumors. I had originally been diagnosed with 2 lung mets, only thing that showed on PET scan, had a hi resolution CT and it showed some smaller nodules in both lungs, too small to be detected by PET --Just having to trust the doctors--I did do some googling and felt like it confirmed having this study but for life of me can't remember specifics lol.  Praying that your followup shows all tuor GONE! please let me know what your docs say about the benefit of scan! 

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Mine was always done with contrast, but I've heard of it being done without.  I'm not sure of the reason why the difference. I'd bring this up with the technician on Monday before having this done and ask them why and say you are concerned about no contrast if this is the usual for you.  They can always call the doctor's office to confirm that is exactly what they wanted.  Wishing the best for Monday and let us know how everything goes.

Kim

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Run it by the techs. You certainly don't want to have to go back and get another one. Not only is it bad for you, but that drink; YUK!

Tru

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Turns out my scan is both, the chest no contrast, contrast for the rest. I can't believe how nervous I am right now. I am also very disappointed because I thought I wasn't getting an iv. But I am

myAZmountain
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I found out today that I will be getting the same scans, CT of abdomen with contrast, and CT chest wihtout. Praying that your scans are clean!!!! 

 

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Hope yours are clear too! 

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Mine are always done without contrast due to the condition of my kidneys. The dye is very hard for them to process.

Jan

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So, scanxiety is high. I was on the way to work, and something about the song Lucy in the sky made the enormity of the past 10 months, and the reality of cance, and the results of the scan meaning EVERYTHING, and I burst into tears. Fortunately, I am in Manhattan so all just ignored me.

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Aw, I'm sorry you had that episode. It's funny how it can overwhelm us at times. I went with my daughter to a rodeo on Saturday just to go through the building with artwork and things for sale. I had to sit down about every 150 feet and then rest until I could try again. We missed stuff because I just couldn't hack it. At one point when I sat down I started to cry and had a very hard time getting that under control.

Jan

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I am so sorry. 

myAZmountain
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You have been through hell and back--I pray that things get better for you!!

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Aw it is alot to take in sometimes--and tears are therapeutic (unless you are fresh off the Oxiliplatin lol)  praying you get good news!!

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Scanxiety happens to all of us.  I'd get so hyped up a month before that sleeping was impossible.  Wishing you the best.  It's a terrible place to be but I'm sure that all will be fine.  Prayers for all of you go out constantly from me.  Hope everything went well.

Kim

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The scan showed no cancer but there were two spots that they think are scarring from my liver resection.

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It sounds like a great result to me.  Congratulations on your success!

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thank you!

myAZmountain
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That is wonderful news!! So happy for you !! Hpapy dance!

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Great news!

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That is awesome news.  It's such a relief when you get a good report.  Take a breath and go celebrate.  You deserve it.  Thank you for the update - it's good to hear back after all you've been through.

Kim

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So wonderful to hear the results of your scan!  Can put scanxiety aside for now... Yay!

Cindy

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So happy you got good news!  

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So, those were not scars.

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Then I presume they are tumours.

I am sorry if that is the case. The feelings cannot be put into words, its like everything is sucked right out of you. You are in our thoughts. 

Tru

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Yep. The phrasing was it isn't zero percent chance it could be something else. So getting a pet scan in two weeks to make 100 percent sure can er and to see if there are more that were too small to see on ct scan. They are not close together, so can't be removed. 

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My heart broke  hearing that. Praying that it is not mets!

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Wish they wouldn't have told you that they thought it might be scars without actually confirming that.  I'm so sorry but it still doesn't mean that it is anything bad.  Hope that the test comes out good for you.

Kim

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He said there is a very small chance not cancer.

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