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Before surgery, should I have a PET scan or MRI? My general surgeon says that they are unreliable.

Megan Smith Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer over 8 years
  • Cheri Robertson Profile
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have extremely dense breast tissue so before the surgery I just had in 1-20 they had me get an MRI with dye contrast which confirmed the lumpectomy surgery was needed. For me it was essential because nothing for me was seen on any previous testing method.
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    Stage 4 Patient
    No scan or testing method we have is going to be 100% accurate. For instance, my mammogram & ultrasound missed reading my tumor. Despite the imperfections I can't imagine a physician would treat cancer without doing a PET, CT scan, or MRI first. I would suggest seeing a physician that specializes in breast cancer. It might be a good idea to get a second opinion. Your life could depend on it!
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Dawn Sullivan Profile
    Stage 3A Patient
    ALWAYS get a second opinion and talk to an oncologist surgeon. I had a general surgeon remove a sarcoma and I had to have more surgery to get clean margins. Get someone who knows what they are dealing with.
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • leslie adkins Profile
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I also have extremely dense breasts. Poor doc had to busy his butt to do a needle biopsy. Doing my fist pet now. No big deal. MRI was a bummer, because my ribs were sore from laying on my tummy
    almost 8 years Comment Flag

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