LPL wrote:... The CT-scan result... She wanted a PET-scan.. of DH’s lungs.. and a biopsi and perhaps if possible an ablation at the same time...
LPL - I'm sorry to hear the news of lung nodules. Actually, I think the best strategy for dealing with them right now is just what the oncologist suggested: a PET scan. This will determine if they are in fact cancer, or just benign scar tissue -- such as what you frequently find with atelectasis-related nodules
If you want to read some posts or articles before your PET scan review, here are some links you might want to explore:What Does Having a Nodule on the Lung Mean?https://www.verywellhealth.com/lung-nodules-symptoms-causes-and-diagnosis-2249304Some ColonTalk posts on "Nodules" and "Lung Thingies":http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/search.php?keywords=nodules+lung+atelec*&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=SearchA Wikipedia article describing the atelectasis type of benign nodule:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelectasis
I'm mentioning the atelectasis-related benign nodule specifically because that is what I had to deal with two years ago, and the PET scan cleared up any ambiguity. In my case, the nodules had been there all along since my original surgery, in all 5 of the previous CT scans, but were never large enough to be reported in the scan reports until the 6th CT scan in 2016. These types of benign nodules tend to develop during abdominal surgery and recovery, and consist basically of scar tissue.
Having surgery is a major risk factor for having atelectasis. There are two primary reasons for this: the being on a ventilator during surgery and the inability to cough to clear the lungs while under anesthesia. The ability to take a deep breath and cough helps prevent atelectasis.