This is a good blog thanks. I myself was exposed to cobalt 60 in the 90's at a Nuclear power station. I Injested it while working and carried it in me for at least a month. I have been under dr care ever sence doing chest exrays yearly. I now have bladder cancer and am wondering if that is the cause. Anyone have any input. Alan
Personally I do think the CTs are worth the exposure. If I had what Jim was diagnosed with Stage IV BC I would not hesitate. Jim didn't either. Will it end up causing problems down the line? I doubt it will. As a former and older RT(R)(M) Registered Radiologic Technologist Radiology and Mammography who worked in Nuclear Medicine way back with I131, Strontium etc I have participated in a survey for the past 30+ years. The survey is conducted by the U of MN and focused on those of us who have had a lot of exposure to radiation. I also worked in radiation therapy using Cobalt systems. The survey is finding that we who have been exposed a great deal don't seem to have any higher rate of cancers etc than other people. So, if you need the CT (remember they are lower dose these days) have it. I know I will encourage Jim to have his when it is requested. I am somewhat concerned as we move forward in our new medical insurance system that we may be rationed on some testing but that will be a discussion for another day. Meanwhile, stay well, All! PS Jim is 3 yrs post RC/IC next month and cancer free until proven otherwise. Not too shabby for a stage IV BC survivor!
Yes, I hear you all. One of those very difficult decisions to make. Catherine....4 in 4 years. Not bad. I had 3 (also double because of the contrast.....actually one was a triple!) in 1 year! When the Dr. suggested one more that same year--I questioned whether it was really necessary.
Yes, with high grade bladder cancer, and esp. because it started in my kidney and now I only have one kidney left--I need to know what's going on in that other kidney. But I'm still not absolutely convinced that a CT scan is the only way. Even a urine cytology would show cancer cells IF something IS going on in the kidney. I am sent for regular chest x-rays too!
I will probably need another soon, and yes, I'll probably have it.
I did find a great article (that I tried to attach but wasn't successful) with suggestions for helping to guard against the toxic effects of CT scans. It could be found on the internet if you do a search.
Blessings to you all!
p.s. BCG #4 (of induction phase) tomorrow!
I have been paranoid about CT scans for other issues particularly when they have seemed like "fishing expeditions" (the doctor says he doesn't really know what the problem is so he wants to do a CT). HOWEVER, with my bladder cancer, my uro is relatively conservative with his recommendations. A CT scan is about the only way to check for occurences in the upper tract...which I DO NOT WANT. Therefore,
in the case of keeping an eye on my bladder cancer, I agree to them.
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