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Good luck with your PET scan, known2b! Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

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  #11  
Unread 07-08-2003, 10:28 AM
PET On Weds.

Will you educate us afterwards as to what it was like, what it involved, etc? Many of us haven't had a PET and could learn.

Adding my best wishes and prayers that your PET goes perfectly.

Ellen
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  #12  
Unread 07-08-2003, 09:06 PM
holding you in thought

and prayer and hoping all goes well tomorrow.
  #13  
Unread 07-09-2003, 09:11 PM
Hope all went well today!

Jane,
Just wanted to add that my prayers are with you and hoping all went well today!

Rhonda
Radical hysterectomy June 2002, Cervical cancer, 1b
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  #14  
Unread 07-10-2003, 04:32 AM
Thanks again

for all the replies and well wishes. The scan is done and I guess I will have to wait until Monday for the results, I could call my doctor this afternoon but I doubt if she would be in.

Margaret to answer your question on what the PET scan is like and what is involved.

1. Nothing to eat or drink for 6hrs prior except for water. They also said to drink as much water as I could. (More than normal if possible)
***that is pretty much the prep.***

2. I had to undress from head to toe because scan was head to mid thigh.

3. I had to have an IV started, for the radioactive glucose. And a foley placed, to make sure bladder was empty.

4. They placed me in a cubicle and they gave me the glucose injection, and told me to lay as still as possible and try not to think.....Which was hard, expecally when I was having the test to determine if the cancer had spread. So I just prayed and prayed. I told them how was a person was suppose to try to nap, because they had some one in the next cubicle on a treadmill. (I am sure not all are that noisey) This took about an hour.

5. The SCAN itself ---- It takes about an hour. I had a full body scan so they started at the head. Arms are placed above your head, which is uncomfertable. Head is strapped down to keep it from moving for the first few shots. I would say it took about 10 or 12 different shots. In my opinion, it is not as smooth moving as the CT scan (plus you don't have to drink that awful tasting stuff or have the dye that makes you feel like you peed yourself) and of course it takes alot longer. It was like they do one section, then move you a bit, do another, then move and so on.

All in all it was okay, the hardest part was the laying still. I was a little stiff, and had a little headache afterwards, which I would blame on the nerves and release there of. Now that that is done the hardest part is the waiting. The Jeapordy tune runs thru my head at the moment.

Again Thanks for all the prayers, I feel that He will answer them and that this was just a localized area. Just one stubborn little critter that would not leave. (Sorry fella, pack your bags, your getting outta here)

Love and many blessing go out to all of you
  #15  
Unread 07-10-2003, 06:08 AM
Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

Hi Jane...

Here's hopping that your pet scan results are totally clear and normal!! Let us know.

Rosalie
  #16  
Unread 07-10-2003, 06:39 AM
Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

Hi Jane,

I was on the board late last night hoping to hear from you. I believe you are right and the scan will just show a little area that can be zapped. My PET scans are also full body, but a bit different in that I don't have to undress or have a foley. Hope you hear good news soon.
  #17  
Unread 07-10-2003, 08:06 AM
Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

Debbie

I guess the difference is that being that since nothing showed on the CT scan, they wanted to make sure that my bladder was empty and that they could see even the smallest spec without it being camofauged by the bladder. I dont know just guessing.

By the way, my PET scan was at 4:30pm (scheduled for 4:30 anyway) didn't get started til 5 or 5:30, stepped out of the door of the hospital at 8pm, got home at 9 or so and went to bed. Then I woke up at 4 this morning.
  #18  
Unread 07-10-2003, 08:34 AM
Best Wishes

Jane, thinking of you and hoping for the best results. Sending you positive thoughts and prayers. Hoping the waiting is tolerable.
  #19  
Unread 07-11-2003, 12:51 PM
Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

Dear Jane,

Look at this thread of love! We're all pulling for you! I hope the PET scan echoes the CT scan and shows NOTHING!

s!
  #20  
Unread 07-11-2003, 09:04 PM
Good luck with your PET scan, known2b!

Hi,
I am late coming to this thread. Just wanted you to know that you are in my prayers that your test will come back okay.
((hugs))

Debbie [withope]
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