Sep 27, 2012 - 6:34 am
We got the results of my husband's PET/CT Scan yesterday. Needless to say we are somewhat pleased with the results. Mad at the oncologist because I don't feel he really looked at the results nor the lab work that was done before seeing us. There was some fluid in the lower right lung and first thing they wanted to do was drain it without any further studies. Now this was even said before listening to my husband's lungs and after they did they said they could barely hear any thing in the lower right lung. We declined to have the lung drained at this time. I know that after he finished his first round of radiation he was in the hospital for a trach and another biopsy and the chest x-ray showed that his lungs needed to be cleaned out. Well when the lung specialist did a bronoscope he came out and told me there was nothing in his lungs to be cleaned out. When I told the oncologist that he then said that radiation could cause fluid in the lungs. So we are going to wait 4 weeks and then do another CT of the chest.
Has this happened to anyone else?
Now the ENT/surgeon/cancer specialist was pleased with what the PET/CT showed. But he is going to do an endoscopy and then try to open up Joe's throat so he can swallow again. There is still a lot of inflammation (3 months out of radiation) and the report says "possibly a small tumor could be hiding". The doctor said it was possible but he doubted it and that is why he wants to do an endoscopy and that this was put in the report to cover themselves. Has this happened to anyone else?
Sharon -- caregiver to husband