Full body scanning for cancer patients prior to being given the 'all clear'

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We are petitioning to change the NHS standard practice around body scanning of cancer patients before giving a 'no evidence of active disease' or 'all clear' verdict following treatment. 

The standard practice needs to be changed to give all patients a full body scan before any 'no evidence' or 'all clear' discharge is given, as opposed to only re scanning the areas where the cancer was originally detected.

We are using this petition as a gateway to secure a consolidated, meaningful conversation with the correct decision makers in the NHS to ensure a patient's full body is checked prior to being given the 'all clear' (accepting this may not be a 'full body scan' but instead another diagnostic tool i.e a PET scan). 

The background:

Our dear friend Gemma was diagnosed with pelvic cancer in 2018, after a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy she was given the all clear in January 2019.

The 'no evidence of active disease' verdict was given following the standard NHS procedure of re scanning the area the cancer was originally identified only as opposed to a full body scan which would detect any spread.

Unfortunately in August 2019 Gemma was diagnosed with secondary cancer in her spine (which has caused her vertebrae to collapse), liver and stomach. 

Had Gemma received a full body scan in January 2019 (before the 'no evidence of active disease' verdict), her secondary cancer may have been diagnosed much earlier which in turn could have changed the long term outlook for her. 

The secondary cancer is incurable and Gemma will undergo chemotherapy every 3 weeks from now until the cancer ultimately takes her life.

You can read more about Gemma's story here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7528865/Bikini-model-diagnosed-terminal-cancer-GP-diagnosed-lump-ingrown-hair.html