PET/CT Improves Cancer Surgery Odds
Yes, a PET/CT scan absolutely optimizes the outcome of your cancer surgery! When using PET/CT imaging for reference, your surgeon has a greater likelihood of getting a good biopsy sample. Often, without a PET/CT scan, surgeons miss tumours entirely, when taking a biopsy sample. This means that cancerous tissue remains and continues to grow in your body.
- A PET/CT image allows the surgeon to:
- Get a good biopsy sample
- Know exactly where the cancer is
- Remove as much cancerous tissue as possible
- In terms of surgery outcomes, PET/CT imaging:
- Helps speed up recovery
- Reduces the likelihood of cancer recurrence
- Enables patients to need less medication to get rid of any remaining cancer cells
- Getting a PET/CT scan after surgery:
- Shows whether there are any remaining cancer cells
- Provides accurate information about how the rest of your treatment is working
- Can be done repeatedly for effective treatment monitoring
Do You Need to Get a PET/CT Scan?
Without the use of PET/CT imaging, surgeons often miss tumours entirely, when taking a biopsy sample. This is due to the lack of definition and detail found in standard cancer imaging tools (ultrasound, CT, MRI). A poor biopsy makes it more difficult for a surgeon to accurately pinpoint and remove cancerous tissue.
- It’s important to recognize that this is not a failing of the surgeon; it’s a failing caused by limited access to advanced technological resources within the current system. Physicians do their best within those limitations. Unfortunately, that may mean that you end up with a poor biopsy sample and unnecessary amounts of tumour tissue left to grow in your body.
We highly recommend that anyone who thinks they might have cancer, or has received a diagnosis of cancer, has a PET/CT scan. PET/CT imaging will reveal if you have received a false negative or false positive, so you will know for sure whether you have cancer – and exactly where it is. More than that, a PET/CT scan will guarantee that you and your oncologist has as much information as possible about your form of cancer so you can move forward and choose the best treatment options.