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I’m only as good as my last scan

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“I’m only as good as my last scan”. I received this comment last week in response to one of my posts and I thought it was a very pragmatic thing for someone to say.  The timing is good as I’m off for a CT scan later today 🙂

A NET patient under surveillance has regular tests at determined intervals but the one that is most likely to indicate disease progression, stability or regression is a scan. Markers such as (say) Chromogranin A (CgA) or 5HIAA are clearly useful but in an ongoing surveillance scenario, they alone would not be used as a firm declaration of progression, stability or regression. Every picture tells a story and a scan is normally the confirmation required whether it’s a CT, MRI or PET (etc).

Scans are also important at the diagnostic phase and I’m sure like myself, many people had their first ever scan at this point.  You can have many checks, investigations and tests but for most, the scan is normally the main test that is going to confirm the presence of tumours.  This then leads to further checks to confirm the staging and grading (i.e. a biopsy) and then hopefully, a proper diagnosis.

Looking forward to informing you that I’m as good as my last scan after my visit.  I don’t mind scans.  In fact, I think they are a piece of cake!

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Ronny Allan

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14 Comments

  1. Gaynor Miles says:

    This blog has been a godsend thankyou all I am not alone

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  2. Great post! I had my CT scan last week. THANK GOD i had positive results! I hope that yours were too! Keep fighting fellow Zebra! And NEVER stop smiling!

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  3. Cheryl Turpin says:

    Ronny…..I am allergic to the contrast dye when getting the CT scan, always barfing while being scanned. I have tried anti nausea cancer drugs, full stomach, empty stomach….any suggestions

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    • ronnyallan says:

      i’ve never heard of that Cheryl but a quick ‘google’ indicates there is plenty about it but not much about alternatives! Might be useful speaking to a radiologist but perhaps you have already done that? It is stress perhaps (rather than an allergy?) Rescue shot before scan? I’ll keep my eye open.

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      • Cheryl Turpin says:

        Thought about the stress, took adivan prior, no luck. Also luckily I am NED and have no syndrome. Got the primary first time. Thanks for you help, appreciate it.

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  4. rita says:

    Wishing you the best today. I have found after the first few anxious times with scans, that I much prefer scans to more invasive procedures, at least when you are finished with the scan…there have been no lingering problems (aside from waiting for results 😕) After my last scope for a second bile duct stent, I am finding it hard to even arrange for my next, overdue scope…before that I had tolerated the many times I have had GI scopes; now I am scared! 😥

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  5. Bernie says:

    Hope today is a good one for you Ronny, my thoughts are with you and yours as always xx

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  6. edebock says:

    Such a true statement! Best of luck with your scan today, Ronnie!

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  7. Will Kalmer says:

    2nd Ga68 at Iowa on the 31st…can’t wait. After a while, they all blend together. Sorry, slightly jaded after eight years of this stuff.

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  8. Teresa says:

    Good luck with the scan. I am the one that does not think it is a piece of cake. Petrified of the MRI. But, I did well with the CT & Gallium .

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  9. Kim Mattke says:

    Good luck with your scan later today!

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  10. All the best for today’s scan, I have my next CT on Wednesday🔬

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