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Hello, my mom has EGFR lung cancer. For the past few mos. she’s felt what I can best describe as a choking feeling. She feels as if something forces her to push and she’s constantly moaning due to this. This got far worse after she received immmunotherapy but that has since been suspended. Her onc says it’s because her lymph nodes and trachea are touching but she’s like this 24:7. Has anyone experienced this?

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I had 3 stents put in my trachea to bolster sutures of my bronchus stump.  One unfortunate symptom was a feeling of a choking sensation along with a near constant dry cough.  When the stents were removed, the symptom stopped.  I'd ask your mom's oncologist if a radiation oncologist can use precision radiation to blast the swelling lymph node and stop the uncomfortable sensation.

Stay the course.


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Hi ALMi and welcome. This sounds really uncomfortable for your mom. Are you able to share more with us about the stage of her cancer and what treatment she has had, or is having? The doctor should be able to do something about this. If I were her, I'd ask for a referral to a palliative care specialist. Palliative care helps to relieve pain and other symptoms of illnesses and also side effects of treatment and helps people improve their quality of life. Some people mistakenly think palliative care means hospice or end of life care. It doesn't. Palliative care can be used at any point when an individual has ongoing pain or other distressing symptoms, and it can be used along with active treatment for cancer.  I hope your mom can get some relief.

Bridget O

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Hi Almi, I went through choking on everything while doing chemo and radiation. The reason ended up being scar tissue blocking my esophagus. I ended up having it surgically stretched twice before I could swallow. I know exactly how your mom is feeling and hope the doctors get it figured out. 

Take Care


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Hi, Almi,

Just wanted to check in to see how you and your mom are doing? I’m glad you’ve gotten some insight and advice from other members. Please post an update when you can.

With gratitude,


Digital Community Manager
LUNGevity Foundation

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