WHETHER ANY DISCOMFORT MAY DEVELOP DURING AND AFTER THE PET/CT AND SPECT/CT?
The radiopharmaceuticals do not cause any side effects. However, during the CT part of the examination using non-ionic iodinated contrast drug discomfort is possible during injection, and the risk of side effects is not excluded.
IS RADIATION THERAPY OF BREAST CANCER PAINFUL? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects are often expressed as redness, bruising and mild breast pain. But this happens not in all patients. Side effects usually disappear shortly after the last session of radiation therapy.
HOW SOON THE RESULTS OF PET/CT AND SPECT/CT WILL BE PROVIDED?
The results will be provided within 24 hours.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING RADIATION THERAPY OF PROSTATE CANCER?
The procedure of external radiation therapy is similar to conventional x-ray examination. Radiation is invisible, has no smell and side effects do not occur until 2nd or 3rd week of treatment. Radiation therapy of prostate cancer is a local treatment, therefore, you may experience some side effects only in those parts of the body that are exposed to radiation.
WHAT IS RADIATION THERAPY IN PROSTATE CANCER?
Radiation therapy in prostate cancer is one of the methods of treatment of prostate cancer. External radiation therapy is usually administered as the sole treatment method in prostate cancer. It is just as effective as surgery, and can sometimes be used after surgery. There is a team of specialists in cancer treatment in a multidisciplinary clinic of GEMC: radiation oncologist, chemotherapeutist and urologist, who will decide what type of treatment you need (only surgery, only radiation therapy or a combination of these methods).
HOW HARMFUL PET SCAN IS?
Radiation exposure resulted from radionuclide diagnostics is not higher than that with CT scans. All referrals for this diagnostics are thoroughly analyzed by the radiologist, after which a decision is made on the feasibility of radionuclide examination.
HOW LONG DOES PET SCAN/CT SCAN TAKE?
Patient spends 1 to 6 hours in the Department depending on the type of the examination. In case of SPECT/CT (depending on type of examination) the patient spends from 40 minutes to 4 hours in the Department. In case of PET/CT, the patient spends 2 to 4 hours in the Department.
WHAT TYPES OF RADIATION THERAPY EXIST?
The goal of radiation therapy is to use such a dose of radiation to destroy cancer cells, without damaging healthy tissue. There are several ways to achieve this goal. One of the techniques or a combination of several methods is assigned depending on the location, size and type of the tumor.
WHETHER PET DETERMINE LOCALIZATION OF THE TUMOR WHEN OTHER METHODS FAILED TO SHOW IT
Unfortunately, it is not always possible. As with all diagnostic methods, radionuclide techniques have its limitations. An individual approach is required for each case. Radiologists at EMC will help you to determine the method of diagnosis that is required in your case.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR THE EXAMINATIONS?
There are no absolute contraindications for radionuclide examinations. The relative contraindications include pregnancy, breastfeeding, severe general condition of the patient, sub-, decompensated diabetes mellitus (PET/CT diagnostic using 18F-FDG).