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Need a PetScan done under anesthesia to find the Primary Site of my Adenocarcinoma, Breast or Lung!

By August 12, 2012 - 6:40am
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I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, BUT THEY DO NOT KNOW THE Primary Site, LUNG OR BREAST and to determine this they need to do Petscan, HOWEVER, here is the problem:
SPECIAL NEED: Need Petscan to be done with me under anesthesia as I CAN NOT and HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LAY FLAT since March, have slept sitting in chair or on the couch with several large pillows. I am getting worst, was I could be at a 45 degree angle, now I’m back to having to be at 90 degree angle, the chest/lungs just seem to close down the tightness of the back and chest is almost more that I can take! I am in Sedona, but returning to Phx on Monday for MRI at St. Joe's on Wed, with anesthesia, however, they do not do PETSCAN this way due to the fact that there can be no metal in the room. However, found this

"Sedation or Anesthesia
The criteria for which children may need anesthesia for a PET scan are similar to those of other lengthy procedures in pediatric nuclear medicine: patients who are mentally impaired, young children who cannot cooperate or tolerate, and those who are claustrophobic. In short, any patient with characteristics that may interrupt or disrupt the PET scan should be considered for sedation or anesthesia.
The preferred approach to sedation varies among institutions and departments. Sedation or anesthesia is delivered in accordance with institutional guidelines and those published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (6,7). Sedation may be suitable for some patients. In those cases, placement of intravenous access and bladder catheters should be performed before sedation, as the arousal stimulus from those activities may be sufficient to disrupt or terminate the sedation. Qualified personnel whose sole responsibility during the scan will be to continuously monitor consciousness and cardiorespiratory function must be present throughout the entire procedure.
PET/CT Imaging
From Journal of Nuclear Medicine"
HELP, does anyone have a site/HOSPITAL that does this!!!!!!!! Thanks so much....

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Hi Princeline,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Here are some links to group on Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer. Here you will find support and answers with the same conditions.

Breast Cancer Discussion Group

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Wish you the best,


August 12, 2012 - 9:04am
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