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Nodule in stomach

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    Pekoe
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    Hi, 

    I am Stage IIIb (primary on left forearm 8 years ago; left axillary dissection with melanoma in one lymph node in September 2009) and two weeks ago had my 2nd PET/CT scan since I ended radiation therapy in January.  The scan was clear, but my blood work showed a drop in my hemoglobin.  I had been complaining of stomachaches to my oncologist 2 months ago, so he decided to send me for an endoscopy, which I had today.

     

    Hi, 

    I am Stage IIIb (primary on left forearm 8 years ago; left axillary dissection with melanoma in one lymph node in September 2009) and two weeks ago had my 2nd PET/CT scan since I ended radiation therapy in January.  The scan was clear, but my blood work showed a drop in my hemoglobin.  I had been complaining of stomachaches to my oncologist 2 months ago, so he decided to send me for an endoscopy, which I had today.

     

    The endoscopy showed erosive gastritis, and a 2 cm submucosal antral nodule.  They are going to send me for an ultrasound to check out the nodule.  But if it was malignant, wouldn't it have lit up in the scan?  It's 2 cm, so not exactly small.  I'm a little confused as to why it didn't show up in the PET/CT scan.   Has anybody else had this happen?  Should I be worried? 

     

    Thanks for any replies, 

     

    Pekoe (Vera)

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      Kevin from Atlanta
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      I looked around to see if the PET portion is weak in the stomach. It appears that PET would have lit up if it is maligant.

       

      http://radiographics.rsna.org/content/26/1/143.figures-only

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      Kevin from Atlanta
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      I looked around to see if the PET portion is weak in the stomach. It appears that PET would have lit up if it is maligant.

       

      http://radiographics.rsna.org/content/26/1/143.figures-only

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      Rebecca and Bob
      Participant

      Pekoe,

       

      My husband had mets in his intestine that were not picked up by CTSCAN but were picked up by PETSCAN. Then he had surgery. I would have to say it seems it would have been picked up by the PET..

       

      Good luck hope it's some benign something going on.

       

      Rebecca

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      Rebecca and Bob
      Participant

      Pekoe,

       

      My husband had mets in his intestine that were not picked up by CTSCAN but were picked up by PETSCAN. Then he had surgery. I would have to say it seems it would have been picked up by the PET..

       

      Good luck hope it's some benign something going on.

       

      Rebecca

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      Pekoe
      Participant

      Thank you for your responses!  I think the PET scan would have picked it up as well, if malignant.  I wonder if there's a point to doing the ultrasound, then. 

       

      Well, I'm going to stop worrying about it until next week, so I can enjoy my long weekend!  Have a great weekend, everybody. 

       

      Vera

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      Pekoe
      Participant

      Thank you for your responses!  I think the PET scan would have picked it up as well, if malignant.  I wonder if there's a point to doing the ultrasound, then. 

       

      Well, I'm going to stop worrying about it until next week, so I can enjoy my long weekend!  Have a great weekend, everybody. 

       

      Vera

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