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PET Scans After Cancer Treatment (ASCO)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Society of Clinical Oncology
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 06/13/2014
If you've been treated for cancer, your doctor may order a PET scan, an imaging test, to check for a return of the cancer. But you may not need the test. It usually doesn't help people who have completed cancer treatments and have no symptoms. And its risks may be greater than the benefits.