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Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment?

Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. She already has had three PET scans and we don’t want her exposed anymore to that kind of radiation during her cancer treatment. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment?
Answer: It is possible to visualize abnormal growths—tumors, cysts, abscesses, scar tissue, and accessory organs with ultrasound. In particular, potentially malignant solid tumors can be distinguished from benign fluid-filled cysts. However, only a biopsy can truly distinguish a malignant tumor versus benign. Saying that, while is possible to monitor size, visualizing potential growth of the mass into new organs would be an unrealistic expectation . Limitations of ultrasound make this type of monitoring far less reliable than MRI and CT. Depending on the location of the cancer, I would recommend using CT and MRI over ultrasound. It would be possible to locate some of the more obvious tumors and follow them specifically as your Mom gets treatment, however, visualizing ALL masses ALL the time isn’t a reality like CT and MRI provide.
I look forward to your questions and comments,
Thanks,
Joseph

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