Jump to content

Can someone please tell me if this is true

Recommended Posts

Maybe once upon a time that might have been true. It used to be the threat of the tumor pushing on the windpipe would cut off the airway completely as well as ability to take in food and liquids.

But, just being on oxygen because of constriction does not designate a limited time left anymore.

There are now other procedures they use if things continue to grow and push on the windpipe. There is a procedure they can do that basically goes in and stretches the esophagus to open the passage and compress/move the tumor a bit. They can also put a stent into the esophagus to hold the passage open as well.

No one can say that this is the marker for a decline, or that she only has a couple of weeks left.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Carleen, thanks for your reply. She has had a brachtherapy (internal radiation)procedure done. She is still getting chemo (topotecan and Avistan). We are hoping that one of these will take the tumor away. It is strange, because she is eating well. VERY WELL!

Thanks Rich for your prayers.

Love to all,


Link to comment
Share on other sites

My mom has been extremely SOB since the very first wrong Dx of pneumonia back in March. The dr said it was the cancer pressing on that area. She has 2 nods in her lymph nodes in that area. When she was in the hospital this summer they cleaned out an infection and she has been great ever since. It really helped. Just recently, in the past week or so I've noticed the SOB returning. They said she might go back and forth with severe SOB. I wonder if there is anything they can do to help your sister out - along with the oxygen. =)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.