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Does metabolic activity on a PET scan imply cancer?

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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At January 14, 2020
Reviewed AtMay 14, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

The PET scan report says that the metabolic activity brain appears metastatic. Does this confirm that the patient has advance cancer?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Revert with more details. I need also pathological and treatment details. Usually, if brain is involved with multiple lesions, it is considered advanced malignancy.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much for your reply. I am attaching pictures of the report. Kindly suggest.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

PET scan report is showing advanced disease (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks disseminated (wide spread) malignancy. Can you send me the biopsy report? If you provide me more details regarding previous treatment I can suggest you more advice regarding treatment.

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Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I have just came to know about the disease, the doctors have said that they will perfom chemotherapy. Can this be cured?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No doctor can start chemotherapy without biopsy, they must take a biopsy from lung mass or any other accessible site. It is mandatory to confirm the diagnosis and to know the type and origin of the tumor. Because different tumors have different prognosis and management plan. Usually PET scan should be done after biopsy.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

They must have taken biopsy but I do not have that with me right now. They said that after seeing the reports they will perform chemo. How dangerous is the disease? Is this is out of control and dangerous for life in near future?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

If you can provide me the biopsy report, I will be in a position to tell you about the prognosis and outcome of this disease. PET scan is showing that his disease is widespread. So if biopsy is positive for malignancy. That means it is last stage of cancer. But biopsy confirmation is mandatory.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah
Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

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