Understanding the Cancer Journey: Tests & Procedures 4
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the parents and the child are usually in shock over the diagnosis, and this can make them feel totally lost and at sea because the general Jane or Joe Public does not really know that much about cancer, especially Childhood Cancer.
Their lives and all that they thought they knew has changed within a mere moment – they have to digest the bad news and the fact their lives are about to be taken over by this disease that can devastate whole families in so many ways.
Apart from the emotional, physical and financial stress, one also has to learn and deal with a lot of new medical terminology and scary and unfamiliar tests.
Understanding the Cancer Journey
With this in mind, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been hard at work behind the scenes researching and documenting the most common type of test and procedures that your child may have to undergo in an effort to help you better understand and take some stress off of you.
We have tried our level best to lay it all out in simple terms and provide as much information as possible, including videos where possible.
Today we would like to introduce you to the fourth and final group of our new pages containing vital information regarding Nuclear Medicine Scans that are normally done for Childhood Cancer.
Please go through the pages when you have some time – they will always be there for your edification. If at any stage you need some information about a new test or procedure, just type the name into the “search” box at the top right of the blog and you will get a list of any pages or articles containing that reference.
Click on the Pictures below for a full explanation, video, possible side-effects and tips for parents
Nuclear Medicine Scans
A bone scan, also called a radionuclide scan, a scintigram or nuclear medicine scan, is a nuclear medicine imaging test that uses bone-seeking radioactive materials or tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) and a computer to create pictures of the bones to see if there is a tumor or infection present.
A bone scan is a good way to view and document abnormal metabolic activity in the bones. It can find damage to the bones, determine whether cancer has spread to the bones from another area of the body, and monitor problems such as infection and trauma to the bones.
PET scans uses a uses a form of radioactive sugar called a tracer to create images of body function and metabolism and look for disease in the body.
PET imaging can be used to evaluate normal and abnormal biological function of cells and organs.
A gallium scan is a nuclear medicine diagnostic test that uses a special camera to take images of specific tissues in the body.
It looks for infection, swelling (inflammation), infection, or cancer in the body. It uses a radioactive material called gallium, but although gallium is radioactive, the risk of radiation exposure from this procedure is lower than from an X-ray or CT scan.
MIBG is a substance that gathers in some tumors, particularly pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma, which are tumours of specific types of nervous tissue.
Posted on 6 February, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Tests & Procedures, Videos and tagged Bone Scan, cancer, cancer cells, cancer treatment, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Gallium Scan, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, MIBG Scan, PET Scan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.