I am 50 years old and otherwise healthy. Went for CT scan 10/12 after some shortness of breath which showed Bulky mediastinal & left hiliar adenopathy, as well as a nonspecific low density lesion of the liver which "may represent a hemangioma". Subsequent PET showed Lymph nodes and 1 spot on liver "light up"- all else ( including lungs) clear. Biopsy followed and on 11/1/12 I was Dx with SCLC.
Due to the liver spot, I am being treated as SCLC- EXT, even though the PET report stated the liver spot was "consistent with malignancy". Oncologist wanted to start Chemo right away, and recommended against liver biopsy " at this time" to be sure, as initial chemo treatment would be identical.
My question is "why wouldn't we add radiation to Chest / Lymph nodes now, just in case the liver turns out to be benign? What is the downside ( other than the side effects?)".
Thanks much- Appreciate the service you are providing to all of us.