When the Common Cold is more than You Think

POSTED ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 AT 5:43 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

As thermometers read lower numbers, chillier days and nights creep in, but along with the dip in temperatures comes the arrival of cold & flu season. However, cold like symptoms that do not go away may actually be more serious than you think. Lymphomas, malignant or cancerous white blood cells originating from the immune system, cause fever, chills, sweating, lack of energy, and swelling of the lymph nodes. Often misleading people into thinking they have the common cold, lymphomas represent the different cancers of the lymphocytes. In addition, our lymphocytes are responsible for recognizing infections and abnormal cells within the immune system and destroying them. When these cells become cancerous, they grow and multiply uncontrollably, often times collecting in tissues, and sometimes, resulting in tumors.

When it comes to lymphoma, there are two types; Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin. Both of these conditions cause similar symptoms but have different types of cells when examined under a microscope. Depending on what your cells read, will determine the type of treatments you will need to undergo.

At Park Avenue Radiology, we offer the PET/CT scan in Manhattan, to help your doctor diagnose and treat your lymphoma. Our medical imaging can show any abnormal enlargements in your lymph nodes and if the nodule contains a lymphoma or is benign. The PET/CT Scan in Manhattan can help your physician to pinpoint the exact location of cancer within the body, including lymphoma. Working together, the PET scan detects metabolic signals of actively growing cancer cells. Additionally, the CT scan provides a detailed image of the size and shape of the growth.  By combining the PET scan & CT scan, we can accurately locate small lesions or tumors more effectively than either imaging could do alone.

The PET/CT Scan in Manhattan provides a full-body scan that usually takes about 30 minutes. At Park Avenue Radiologists, our technicians will provide you with a comfortable scan along with optimal results, so you can be sure your condition is accurately diagnosed.

Don’t misjudge your symptoms when it comes to your health. If you have experience cold or flu like symptoms lasting more than two weeks and are concerned you may have lymphoma, contact your doctor to see if a PET/CT scan is appropriate for you. Our technicians and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions or concerns you may have regarding the PET/CT scan in Manhattan. You may contact us at, 212.888.1000 or request an appointment online.  

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