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I was treated with CHOP+R for stage IV follicular B-cell lymphoma seven years ago.  I have not had a recurrence, but continue to have annual CAT scans. Is this a prudent course of action, or are the CAT scans more harmful than beneficial at this point?

The risk of radiation from CT scans is fairly low. That being said, it is not clear that picking up an early lymphoma relapse changes the outcome for a patient, particularly with the slow-growing lymphomas. For this reason, there are no clear guidelines on when to obtain scans. This is a personal decision you should discuss with your oncologist.

[Editor’s note: CHOP+R stands for cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin/hydroxydoxorubicin, vincristine/Oncovin and prednisone, plus rituximab/Rituxan.






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