This is a very interesting and informative article & I am glad that you posted it. I am not an expert, but am becoming one since my husband passed away from this horrible cancer. I have to agree that a PET Scan is very important especially with the interahepatic bile duct cancer. My husband had every test imaginable during a 6 week period when he first started to have problems & they were not finding anything. They suspected some type of cancer, but it wasn’t until he had the PET Scan and a liver biopsy that he was diagnosised with CC. Unfortuately for us that was 1 week before he passed away. I think everyone should insist on haveing a PET Scan included in their initial testing. It seems that in a lot of cases that is the best and sometimes only way to find & diagnose this silent horrible cancer. Thanks for posting it.
What an interesting article! Just to think that the PET scan resulted in a change of no treatment to treatment in 33.6% of the patients and from treatment to no treatment in only 9.2%. It would seem that almost everyone should be getting a PET scan as part of their initial workup. This gives patients information they can use in insisting on a thorough workup prior to treatment decisions being made.
One of the categories is liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer and it is clear from the numbers that the PET scan has a big impact. After the PET scan, the treatment plan was changed in 42% of cases. The plan was changed from no treatment to treatment in 33.6% of cases.