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Bobby,

I hope she has called the oncologist to report the bloody sputum. There can be many reasons for this to be happening. Some good and some not so good. Tony has done this on and off since before he was diagnosed. Sometimes it was an indication of the cancer itself and heavy coughing can really stir things up. Other times it is the tumors breaking up and people are known to cough up blood from that. I hope it is the chemo cracking down on Bev's tumors!

Let us know what the doc says.

Good luck and God bless.

Welthy

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Please call the onc or go into the ER. My dad was on topotecan and he never coughed up blood. I am pretty sure this isn't simply a side-effect of the chemo itself. Please keep us posted and I am saying prayers for your sister.

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I did tell her that she needs to call Dr. and tell him about it. She said she only spit a little bit of blood up and she hasn't done it since and that she wants to wait til Wed. when she goes in for her treatment. I think she has just had it with the bad news. I told her that it could very well be the chemo breaking her tumor up and that she needs to let her Dr. know. Anyhoo..I also wrote to Dr. West and she does like to know what he says, so I am sure she will listen to what he tells me and do what she has to do.

Thanks for replying..Please keep praying for her.

Love,

Bobby

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Bobby-

My Mom spit up blood on and off during her chemo treatments with Cisplatin/Etoposide-not since she;s been on CPT11. The Dr's said it could have been the cancer breaking up-like you said.

Dar

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Thanks Dar. I sure hope you are right. I asked Dr. West and he said it could be a number of things, but since it was not very much and she is going to see her Dr. tomorrow, then it is probably not necessary for her to worry too much til then. He did say it is possible that the tumor is breaking up..but he also said it could be due to the tumor growing. This is so hard. Everytime I call her she asks me if she is dying. I, of course, tell her no. I pray that I am right! How is your Mom doing?

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Bobby-Yes it is hard. My Mom stopped spitting up the blood when she was done with that chemo. When was her last cat scan done ??

My Mom just got back from getting chemo but they couldn't do it today because her counts were to low-she is tolerating this chemo ok-it's once a week for 6 weeks unlike before 3 days on and then 3 weeks off-I don't know which is better....We are going on 1 year Sept just like your sis. It's just a one day @ a time thing. I can't look past today and haven't all year. It's a very strange way of living-especially for me-I was such a control freak before my Mom was diagnosed-now I know we have no control over our lives-I actually kind of like the way I live now-I don't worry about tomorrow-I just feel like it's not in my control so why worry about it? My Mom is completely independent and loves her life more now than she has in a long time ( I do believe that her Zoloft saved her much stress and anxiety)

A man that lives on my street is in his 40's-never smoked a day in his life-eats all organic food-runs 5 miles every day-the picture of health and fitness-He was just diagnosed with lung cancer! I just think-we are all going to die and with the percentage of people getting cancer of some type I believe 1 in 4 in their lifetime-we need to just live each day like it's our last-enjoy all the small stuff- Eating Ice Cream with our kids, BBQ'g outdoors, swimming , feeling the sun on our faces, brushing our dog and rubbing their bellies, watching movies, buying new clothes and shoes :D Planting our plants and our gardens and watching them grow.....

These are the things that have always made me happy but somehow since my Mom was DX mean so much more now. I am 39 on Sept 25th the day my Mom was DX-we are going to celebrate big time this year.

I am hoping my Mom and your Sis and all the others out there will beat the odds and we can do everything we can to make them happy and positive in the mean time. No one knows what is in store for them tomorrow. We have to keep the faith and sometimes it takes all our stregth to do that.

Keep me posted on your sis.

Take care

Dar

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Bobby,

The amount makes a big difference. If it's just a little and it's only happened once, I would think she's fine to wait to see the onc this week. If it starts to become more frequent or in volume, definitely call the onc sooner.

Hugs to you and Beverly,

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