Safety of repeated imaging and scans? Pandora’s box is open
I will be scanned this month. I will have a chest CT and MRI of abdomen and pelvis with and without contrast. Many of us have routine scans and I would like to know how safe these scans are. The scans are necessary but how safe is repeated scanning to the body? Is there anything that could help counter the effects of “imaging and scans” in terms of nutrition or herbal/ vitamin supplements? I am new to cancer. I had a nephrectomy in May 2019 for renal cell carcinoma. I asked my oncologist how safe scans are and he told me to scans his patients every 4 months. My question regarding safety wasn’t answered. Other oncologists suggest 3 months while I had 1 oncologist tell me every 6 months is acceptable. It all depends on where the cancer is or was. What the cancer is and how aggressive. Probabilities and percentages are thrown around but of course no one knows with any certainty when, where or if cancer will strike. An educated guess is better than nothing. I have a friend who takes Vitamin C in high doses to help his immune system after his lymphoma. I have never taken vitamins or supplements in the past prior to cancer. I have never paid explicit attention to nutrition in the past but now that seems prudent. Also the “scanxiety” is there. The emotional aspect of imaging is real and must be dealt with. I am trying to be proactive. I have decided to use meditation and or mantras to help with scanxiety. “Hope” should be released from Pandora’s box. Let’s not forget!