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9 years 6 months ago #31157 by dukel
K,
As for your CT vs MRI i'm no expert. I've had a lot of both over the last twenty years. Didn't worry much about it.
You ask if you can ever be sure and also speak of resting easy.
I may be reading you wrong but i think you're really worrying about the cancer coming back and i can tell you i've been
there! After my first cancer twenty years ago, i did a lot of
the WHAT IF at night time. I think we all do that. I got to the point where i was and still am very good at busying my
mind with other thoughts. It's only normal for one to go through the " what if " stage. Over time with me i got to the point where it was not even an issue. Worrying about it does
one no good. Try to busy your mind with pleasant thoughts.
Over time it will pass.
Wishing you the best.
Duke

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9 years 6 months ago #31153 by pemquid
My cousin is a very senior radiologist specializing in the urinary tract, and he's at Columbia Presbyterian, and on the staff at the Medical School. Want me to ask him?

Ann

Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #31149 by Patricia
k.....its all pretty arbitrary depending on where you go and who you are treated by.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/112057.php
As for CT or MRI...most do the CT...but it is apples and apples
Is all it neccessary...up for debate
http://tinyurl.com/yklzn7d


??? :blush: :S Pat

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9 years 6 months ago #31145 by kteeth
anyone have any thoughts on MRI vs CT scan for after surgical testing? I had my cystectomy W/ Indiana Pouch at NY Presbyterian on Dec 22, 2009. Everything went well and my pathology was totally neg!! My doc says if I test neg every 6 months for the next 2 years I'll be done. the question is CT or MRI? I've been told they both are accurate diagnostically speaking but whichever is used must be used for all the tests so that the results are comparative.(apples to apples) I am concerned about being irradiated too much as I've had at least 5 CT scans in the last 15 months and a whole body scan before chemo began. It may sound silly but I'm really nervous about radiation even though I'm still not sure about the effects from magnetic resonance either. By the way the CT scan never showed anything either. So can I ever be sure? I think for me that has been the hardest part...I'll never rest easy again on this subject?...k

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