Sign up for a WebBoard account Sign Up Keyword Search Search Calendar Calendar More Options... Options
Chat Rooms Chat Help Help News News Log in to WebBoard Log in Not Logged in
Show tree view Topic
Go to previous topicPrev TopicGo to next topicNext Topic
Author Message
Anonymous
Subject:Difficulty breathing

Doctor suspects my aunt has a recurrence of breast cancer, now at stage 4, (based on positive test results for carcinoma from swabs of the bronchial tubes) and metastasized to the brain, throat and lungs, spinal cord (based on PET scans). No biopsies have been done yet. She has had trouble breathing, which may have to do with the masses that show up on the PET scan near her larynx. She had a tracheotomy to alleviate the pain with breathing. Other than the breathing issue, is it possible that such a patient can feel no other pain, as she does?


Posted: 31 Jul 2011 10:30 PM
Originally Posted: 31 Jul 2011 10:29 PM
Left Button SpacerRight Button Spacer
 
 
Lhearn

Lhearn

Total Messages 106

Subject:Difficulty breathing

I am very sorry for your aunt's difficulties.  Pain is the most dreaded symptom of cancer and its treatment. About 70% of patients with cancer will have pain at some point.  The pain can be due to the cancer and/or its treatment.  Approximately 40% will have pain that affects their ability to be active.  As your aunt's pain with breathing was improved with the tracheotomy, it is quite possible that she may not develop any other pain.  This is quite unpredictable, yet I always hope for the best, yet prepared for whatever may happen. 

 

It is most important to have her be in open communication  with her physicians regarding her symptoms, especially pain.  As long as she is seeing her medical team and letting them know how she is doing and discussing any questions or problems she may have, then her well-being will be optimized.

 

Wishing the best,

 

Rob Yates


Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:20 AM
Originally Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:19 AM
Left Button SpacerSend user an email email|View user's profile profileRight Button Spacer
 
 
 
Go to previous topicPrev TopicGo to next topicNext Topic

 
go

Log In Options