I am a 56 year old female that has had several PET/CT scans over the past 2 years. Docs have been watching multiple enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes over this time (subcentimeter in size). I recently had another scan done and the lymph nodes have increased in size (don't know exactly how much yet - report on its way to me). Dr suggesting possible lymphoma. Is this the only diagnosis for enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes and if so what should I expect for the future?
Though this is not the only diagnosis for enlarged mesentric lymphnodes and there are several benign causes that outnumber the cancerous etiology; malignancy is the most lethal, that would require quick action and unless a definite diagnosis is established, larger nodes, especially those with radiological features of a malignancy would empirically need to be treated like one.
Hope this information helps.
As of this date - no. I have had a number of PET/CT scans but everything is pretty much the same. Some slight differences in size of certain lymph nodes. Going for another PET/CT scan on Friday. I hope after all this time they have disappeared. I have been praying real hard for this to happen. I believe in miracles.
please be cautious in the number of CT scans you receive. while they are looking for cancer, they are also increasing your risks for it too. every 4 CT tests are equal to the same amount of radiation survivors of Hiroshima got. please be careful.
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