My aunt has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine SCLC. Her diagnosis started on Aug/16 with an X/Ray, a chest CT on Aug/22, a VATS on Sept/11 and now the biopsy results. She also has done complete blood work, Her CEA levels were very high (260ngl), and since she had colon cancer 13 years ago, she also had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, which both came clear.
She will only see the oncologist next monday (Oct/8).
I have two questions: Will she need, or is recommended, for her to have a PET scan before starting treatment? (is it a protocol?) This would greatly delay the start of chemo (she is abroad and health insurance there is very bureaucratic).
Also, is this a normal wait time? I am so nervous since every article I read talks about the fast spreading nature of SCLC.
Thank you very much!