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  • Chest CT AND Adomen/pelvis CT near 2 year mark

    Hi guys

    Its been awhile. Doing fine after 1xBEP for my nonseminoma. I'm near the 2 year mark (May) and so have my 2nd annual CT scan coming up tomorrow. I switched doctors mainly because my doctor left my hospital. This new doctor is suggesting I do both a abdominal CT scan and a chest CT scan. I'm a little unsure if I should do the chest CT scan. It might be just additional tests to do additional tests. There is a small chance it could jump to the lung. The NCNN guidelines just say chest xray and adominal/pelvis scan.

    Little worried about the radiation from the scans frankly. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    yeah, no reason to do a chest CT instead of a chest x-ray. My doc switched from ab/pelvis CT + chest CT to the ab/pelvis CT + chest xray at my request after about 8 months of surveillance. Just voice your concerns and point to the guidelines.
    6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
    6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
    7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
    7/13/15 - 9/18/15: 4xEP
    10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
    10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
    4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
    4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
    9/27/2018 all clears up to this date!


    • #3
      Yeah, a chest CT would be an unusual choice.
      Good luck with everything!
      Painless lump 5/18/2017
      Orchidectomy June 2017 (4.5cm, rete testis involvement)
      Chemo Summer 2017 (2x7AUC carboplatin)
      No evidence of relapse since, but plenty of anxiety about it.

      I'm also an epidemiologist, and a professor at a medical school (with NO training in oncology), oh, and gay, too.


      • #4
        I guess should glow in the dark, my onc did headto mid thigh CT/Pet scans for allmy post chemo scans....
        Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
        Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP


        • #5
          Congrats on almost 2 years out mark! the new NCCN guidelines are what I would refer to for post treatment plans. I have not yet looked at them at yet.
          Son Grant
          dx 12/21/16 at age 17

          BEP x3
          Post Chemo CT Scan on 3/28/17 still showed a few nodes over 2 cm
          2nd Post Chemo CT Scan on 4/27/17 showed all nodes still over 2cm
          Post Chemo RPLND 5/8/17: Periaortic Teratoma, Intraaorticaval Teratoma, and Paracaval Teratoma found.