During my concurrent chemo/radiation treatment in August, I had a CT scan WITH CONTRAST that picked up some additional "opacities" and potential embolisms that we had not seen on prior scans. After my chemo/rad. treatment was completed we did a follow up scan in October WITHOUT CONTRAST that showed most of the opacities and nodes as "resolved" or "clear".
I was ecstatic to hear that they could not find anything on the second scan that suggested that there was still a mass or opacities to worry about, but my concern is that if I had the same scan with contrast it might pick some of those same "issues". I asked the Onc who said he gets a more definitive picture without contrast, while other Doctor friends said they weren't sure which would be best.
So, I'm curious to hear from others who are doing scans every 3 or 6 months to monitor their tumor size or NED status:
1. Are your scans WITH or WITHOUT contrast?
2. Does your Onc have a reason for using (or not using) contrast?
3. Do you also have a PET or MRI at the same time to confirm CT findings?
Thanks for your input,