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I have been diagnosed with DCIS and want a CT and /or PET scan but doctor doesn't seem to think it's necessary. Anyone with DCIS get additional testing?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Scorchy Barrington Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I was diagnosed with Stage II IDC. I had a PET/CT to complete staging and determine if the cancer had spread, even though the docs didn't think it had. But, as fortune would have it, cancer cells had spread to the lower spine. If the cancer is not invasive it is likely the test--which is an expensive one--is not needed. It is likely that the insurance company would not pay for the scan based on the protocols for its use.
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    My oncologist explained that the PET scan was used after chemo therapy to see if there was any further evidence of disease.
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Are further test necessary if the cancer isn't invasive?
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  • Karen G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    PET scans are only used for invasive cancers. DCIS is usually treated as a pre cancer.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had dcis also and they said no pet scan I questioned them and they said not necessary for this type of cancer
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