It can be, but....October 29 2011 at 11:31 PM
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|Al (Login AlinAsia)|
Response to why is ultrasound not a tool to detect this?
I think there is a public perception that scanning (whether that's U/S, MRI, C/T or PET) is a guarantee things will be spotted. I am living with stage III cancer (not ovarian) and it was unsettling to me when my doctor pointed out that my regular scans (now annual) only pick up disease in about 70-85% of occasions. Meaning I could have a recurrence, have a scan, and the scan would still miss it. Good detection is usually a combo of clinical signs paired with some scan results, maybe some blood tests, and rechecking. Just because a tumour wasn't seen on one scan doesn't mean it's not "see-able", it just means the scan operator or the scan itself, missed it (we all know there can be lots of variation in U/S scan results) that time. Quarterly checking as you mentioned, gives you many more chances to see it on another occasion.
My "take away" message from when I was diagnosed was to keep visiting doctors if you are not reassured (it was my 4th doctor that finally diagnosed mine). There are SO many things that can happen to us (breast cancer, bowel cancer, ovarian, bladder.....there are over 200 kinds) that for me, having my ovaries removed is not something I would want to do, but I can imagine that is different for others (especially if they carry the BRCA-1 gene). I am focussing instead on living the healthiest life I can and hoping for the best.....
- Thanks for the reco on Anti-Cancer - MIR on Oct 30, 12:39 AM
- Yep - Al on Oct 30, 4:04 AM
- Btw, did you read T. Colin Campbell's China Study? - MIR on Oct 30, 11:28 AM