Would a CAT scan show metastases?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
Alfred asked...

I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer earlier this year. I had my surgery on April 8, 2009. At that time I was told there was no metastases, however, I was advised to undergo a round of chemo. I opted, instead, for a clinical study of Tarceva. Two days ago I had a CAT Scan and x-ray prior to starting therapy on June 29, 2009. Would the CAT scan show metastases?

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Dan Tobin, M.D. is the CEO of Care Support of America, a national service providing telephonic and local nurse counsel to adult children caring for aging parents. Dr. Tobin is the author of books and articles focused on the practical and positive aspects of family caregiving.


  This is a technical question that is best asked of your treating oncologists. Metastases on CAT scan is usually clear but there are nuances to this question that need to be individual to you.

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