The Role of PET in Melanoma
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
My Aunt (age 58) just got diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma on the back of her shoulder. I think it is a good idea for her to get tested to make sure it did not spread to her lymph nodes and lungs. Would a PET scan be the best way to detect the spread of cancer to my Aunts lymph nodes and lungs? Are there any other tests available? Is the University of Penn the only place in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area that performs PET scans? How can my Aunt get an appointment and is the wait long?
Peeyush Bhargava, MD, Chief Fellow in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, responds:Patients with melanoma are classified on the basis of the depth of invasion of the skin by the melanoma (on biopsy). Detection of spread of cancer to the lymph nodes is very important in patients with melanoma.
The University of Pennsylvania PET center is the largest and the most prominent PET service provider in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region. In our PET center, we perform over 2000 investigations every year. Penn PET is now also available at Doylestown Hospital every Tuesday and they plan to add another day soon. It is also available at Phoenixville Hospital on Thursdays. Their oncologists usually refer the patients for a whole body FDG PET scan.
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