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    My mom went last month to the clinic and done the same routine but had a cat scan of her back done. One month goes by and they call tell her to follow up with her family dr. That they found something on her pancreas. Anything? Im lost shes my life. Maby just someone to talk to

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    Ive just started my live over and doing really well. On a good road to things to come.

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    Moderator Top User jorola's Avatar
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    With all due respect you really need to slow down here. First a scan cannot diagnose cancer. Only a biopsy can. A Pet Scan (if that was the type of CT scan done) uses a tracer. "The tracer collects in areas of your body that have higher levels of chemical activity, which often correspond to areas of disease" - The Mayo Clinic. However if can not confirm if an area that "lights up" is cancerous. If it was a regular CT scan and they saw a mass or lesion again this could be a variety of conditions and not just cancer.
    Know that doctors start by targeting basic and usual suspect conditions/diseases and work from there. Cancer is way down the list.
    What your mom needs to do is follow up with her doctors first and foremost. Let her doctors do what they need to do to narrow things down and confirm a diagnosis. Step by step.
    So take a deep breath and support your mom through the process and let us know how things turn out.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!


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