Esophageal Cancer Follow-up
Imaging with PET/CT can also be used to look for the return of the cancer. In many patients after treatment, a mass or scar tissue may remain at the primary site. The mass itself may be apparent on a CT scan, but CT cannot determine if the tumor has been successfully treated or if residual cancer remains that must be removed.
Like most cancer treatments, the treatment for esophageal cancer may cause side effects so routine follow-up visits may help manage those side effects and determine whether or not the treatment has been effective.
PET/CT can be used to image tumor response to therapy and to detect recurrence in treated lesions. After surgery and other treatments, PET/CT is extremely important for monitoring if the cancer cells have returned and if treatment should be restarted.
PET/CT can be used to detect recurrent esophageal cancer.