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Walter

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My wife is 70 years old and is in hospice care with advanced stage IV small cell carcinoma lung cancer. She is suffering from labored breathing. Hospice has recently delivered a oxygen generator and she is breathing oxygen. Her oxygen level is high (96%- 98%), but she has labored breathing and infrequently spits up tiny amounts of blood.

 

She is not comfortable. This is all new to us, but  I heard that hospice will work to make the patient comfortable.

 

Any suggestions to someone new at this.

 

Walter

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Walter,

 

You might inquire prescribing inhalation treatment using albuterol or ipratropium medications that is administered three or four times a day in concert with oxygen therapy.  The medication calms and opens the airway and may make her more comfortable.

 

Stay the course.

 

Tom

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Absolutely hospice is there to help her and bring her pain and symptom management. Dont hesitate to ask them. I'm so sorry to read about your wife. She and you are in my best thoughts. Please keep us posted. We are here for you.

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