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What can a PET scan tell my doctor about my Hodgkin's lymphoma?

A PET (positron emission tomography) scan can tell your doctor information about your Hodgkin's lymphoma, such as its stage. It can also help your doctor evaluate how you are responding to treatment. In a PET scan, doctors inject a type of radioactive glucose into your body to find places where cancer might be growing. They can see your lymphoma on the scan because the glucose becomes more concentrated in cancerous cells. PET scans can help distinguish scar tissue from cancerous tissue, can detemine if a lymph node has been affected by cancer, and can find cancerous areas that may not be visible even on a CT scan.

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