Metaplastic Breast Cancer-Follow Up Care

CT Scans

A CT scan uses an x-ray machine to create a three-dimensional picture of the inside of the body. A computer then combines these images into a detailed view that shows any abnormalities or tumors. Sometimes, the doctor will inject a special dye called a contrast medium into a patient’s vein to create more detail in the images. At other times, a patient may be asked to swallow a liquid contrast material. Areas that are commonly scanned include the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, or limbs. One risk of this test is radiation exposure, especially for children. However, the potential benefits of having a CT scan usually outweigh these risks. If you are receiving multiple CT scans and x-rays, talk with your doctor about using another type of test that involves less exposure to radiation.

For more information on CT Scans please visit the Cancer.Net site by clicking here.

PET-CT Scans

A PET scan is usually combined with a CT scan. However, you may hear your doctor refer to this procedure just as a PET scan. A PET-CT scan is one way to find cancer and learn its stage. Stage is a way to describe where the cancer is, if it has spread, and if it is changing how your organs work. Knowing this helps you and your doctor choose the best treatment. It also helps doctors predict your chance of recovery.

Doctors also use PET-CT scans to:

  • Find the right place for a biopsy.
  • See how well cancer treatments are working.
  • Plan radiation therapy.

For more information on PET-CT Scans please visit the Cancer.Net site by clicking here.