Cancer comes in a variety of forms and occurs when cells in the body begin to grow chaotically. Normal cells grow, divide, and produce more cells to keep the body healthy and functioning as it should.
Sometimes, on occasion this grow and divide process goes wrong and cells keep dividing, producing new cells that are not needed. The mass of extra cells that is produced forms a growth or tumor, which can be benign or malignant.
PET/CT is an excellent tool for helping diagnose and plan the treatment of cancerous growths in many areas of the body.
Providing a diagnosis tool that can offer surgeons earlier diagnosis of tumours, accurate staging and an extremely accurate location of the tumour, PET/CT scans are used in the diagnosis and treatments of the following types of cancers in the body:
Breast cancer is tumors that begin in the breast tissue. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer.
The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Cancers of the esophagus start from its inner layer and grow outward.
A devastating cancer that affects a woman’s cervix
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer
There are two main types of lymphomas. Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. In lymphoma the lymph nodes become enlarged and the cancer can spread through the lymph system.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and may take many years to develop. Once the lung cancer occurs, cancer cells can break away and spread to other parts of the body
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer both in men and in women and develops slowly over a period of several years
Head and neck cancer is a general description that is used for a number of different types malignant tumors that occur in the mouth, throat, sinuses and nasal spaces, the larynx, salivary glands, and the cervical lymph nodes
Ovarian cancer starts in a woman's ovaries and accounts for nearly 4% of all cancers among women, ranking second among the gynecological cancers.
PET/CT can help with the above cancers in the following ways: