Scans: When, Why & Which One?

This week on Cancer Covered:

  • Why oncologists need to order scans
  • How scans help doctors diagnose, treat, and monitor cancer
  • Common misconceptions about getting follow-up scans after a cancer diagnosis
  • Only three cancer diagnoses that early detection has been proven to change the survival rate of patients
  • The difference between PET scans and CT scans and why your doctor may choose one over the other
  • Why a clear scan does not always mean a patient is cured
  • Why doctors may order a different type of scan or test even after a clear CT scan result
  • Why CT, PET, and MRI scans are an important part of the cancer workup and diagnostic journey
  • Why scans are not always helpful in determining the extent of progression, patient comfortability, or life expectancy
  • When and why doctors may use more targeted scans

Dr. Edgard Badine is a Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Green Bay Oncology. Originally from Lebanon, Dr. Badine attended medical school at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences in Beirut, Lebanon, before moving to the United States in 2000 to complete his internal medicine residency and fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Staten Island University Hospital. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in General Business with an emphasis on Healthcare from Texas Tech University. Currently residing in a friendly, welcoming community in Northeast Wisconsin, Dr. Badine enjoys traveling and exploring new places with his family.

Dr. Badine joins us again today to share the inside scoop on scans for cancer care. We discuss when and why patients and oncologists need to take scans of cancer cells, when specialized scans like CTs, PET, and MRIs are needed, and why these scans are not always helpful in deciding the next best steps for a cancer patient’s treatment plan. We explain the critical role that scans play in the care of cancer patients and discuss some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about them. We discuss some of the common misconceptions many patients have about how frequently they should receive scans after being diagnosed with cancer and why sometimes doctors will forego ordering scans for early-stage cancer patients. We explain why a clear scan doesn’t always indicate that a patient has been cured of cancer and why doctors may recommend further treatment, even after a clear scan result. We also discuss when and why oncologists may order a more targeted scan to make treatment decisions.

“The scan doesn’t tell us what will happen next. It doesn’t tell us the future.” – Dr. Edgard Badine

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