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    Hey i found out that i will be having a chest x ray instead of CT scan. Im wondering if a Chest X ray would be good enough to find any signs of metasasis.

    I pushed my urologist for a CT scan but he denied it and said a X-ray will be enough.

    Would an X-Ray be enough? I would of preferred a CT scan to be honest.

  • #2
    A chest x-ray should be fine. It's part of the standard follow-up routine.
    Last edited by dadmo; 04-28-06, 08:59 AM.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3

      In my case the XRAys was CLEAR but the CAT scan has revealed few pulmonary metastasis with diam <= 1cm. Based on CAT results I started imediately 3 x BEP and the nodules have dissapeared.

      Good luck
      Stage III EC 85% + Sem 15%
      AFP=2.6; HCG=10, 20,28 and rising
      FULL CAT scan:
      -abdominal lymph clear
      -subpleural lungs metastasis [bipulmonary lesions with diam <= 1cm]
      4 x BEP changed to 3 x BEP at my request
      from 2005-05....Surveillance


      • #4
        With the lungs, CTs are generally considered almost too-high resolution. I've read that if everyone in the U.S. had a CT of their lungs, one-third would show some sort of abnormality, the vast majority of which would turn out to be nothing.

        In general, a X-ray is standard TC surveillance, with the CT reserved if it reveals something unusual. For example, my last X-ray showed that my left pulmonary artery was more "prominent," so I had a chest CT yesterday. It's almost surely nothing, but the doctors wanted to make sure.
        Right I/0 March 30, 2005
        Left I/O April 20, 2005
        Embryonal carcinoma, teratocarcinoma
        Surveillance since May 19, 2005