They Said Her Cancer Had Spread But What Doctors Find Instead During Surgery Leaves Them Shocked

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A mother of four from California received a PET scan before she was scheduled to have her reproductive organs removed, when it appeared that her cervical cancer has spread to her pelvis, Fox News reports.

The 32-year-old woman had previously been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012, so when the scan showed that the cancer had spread, it was concerning.a

The doctors continued on with their plan for surgery, however, upon examining the removed lymph nodes, her doctors discovered the cells that were brightly lit up on the scan prompting them to believe that her cancer had spread, weren’t cancerous at all.

Instead, the cells that lit up her pelvic area were actually ink deposits from the multiple tattoos she had on her legs.

“Those lymph nodes that were lighting up brightly on the PET scan were doing so because of the tattoo pigment that was in the lymph nodes,” her doctor said.

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Her doctor, Dr. Ramez Eskander, an assistant clinical professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of California, tells CBS 2:

“When you tattoo, some of that ink will be absorbed in the cells in the lymphatic system and migrate to levels of lymph nodes,” he says.

Thankfully, because of Dr. Eskander’s closer inspection, doctors didn’t proceed treating the woman with radiation, as would have been the course had they believed her cancer had in fact spread.

“Findings of possible metastatic disease on PET scans can certainly change management,” Eskander says.

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