PET Scan shows hypermetabolic upper abdominal aorta caval lymph node

Posted by bcsurvivor @bcsurvivor, Mon, Jul 22 8:01pm

Recently on my PET Scan, it showed hypermetabolic upper abdominal aorta caval lymph node and I’m getting a repeat CT scan to see if the node is stable or has grown. It’s only been 6 month since my last scan. Is this cancerous or maybe just inflammation? My oncologist made it sound like the node is in a difficult are to biopsy, if they have to.

Hi @bcsurvivor, welcome to Connect. I can imagine that the PET scan result has you feeling anxious. Remember not everything that is hypermetabolic is cancer. Am I correct that this was a routine follow-up scan that detected the activity? What type of breast cancer did you have?

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Thank you for your reply! I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and finished chemo/herceptin 5 years ago. I was Her-2 Positive and yes this all makes me a nervous wreck!

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@bcsurvivor, how are you doing? When is the repeat CT scan scheduled for?

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bcsurvivor @bcsurvivor That showed up on my PET scan recently in several areas and I was told by my oncologist that it is normal, but I'll need a follow up PET scan in 6 months due to the neuroendocrine diff on my second tumor.

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