Well, obv cancer would be in the differential diagnosis pool (ie, things that could be going on), but using a PET scan doesn't mean they are sure thats what it is, just that they need more information and a PET scan is a good way of getting more information at a cell activity level
My father had a PET scan. We knew he had a tonsillar lymphoma but it needed staging to plan treatment.
It was clear (little yay) but actually, in view of his age and generally health changed nothing which was annoying. Care was/will be palliative. We could have known that without the PET if the haematologist had been either in possession of all the facts re radical radiotherapy,or , been honest with us about them.
Make sure that every test you have on your cancer journey ( or journey to diagnosis) you are clear about why it's happening and how it will influence care.
I posted because Dr's accidentally discovered a tumour on my mums liver and she was referred for a Pet Scan.
She got her results last week and the liver specialists said the tumour didn't show up very 'hot' on the scan but they can't be sure what it is and he has advised her to have a biopsy. Three more weeks of waiting is going to be hell but hopefully it's benign xx
Oh MrsWhirling that sounds like torture . A PET scan and still no diagnosis ?
When is the biopsy ?
My tests have been quick - 20 days from first investigation and due to meet with oncologist tomorrow . But even that short time has been excruciating .
I was convinced that the PET scan was making a dodgy ,long standing ,still not resolved infection from a tooth throb .
And they couldn't get the scope far enough down my throat to do the ultrasound they wanted to do . Which has freaked me out . I'm trying to think that it's just inflammation maybe caused by the biopsys last week
Still waiting for the appointment for the biopsy but the liver specialist has made an appointment to see mum on 17 April by which time biopsy and results will be done. It has and is torture to be honest and all I can do is pray, pray to god it's benign.