Jan 31, 2007 - 9:02 pm
My Mom was diagnosed with tongue cancer in August 2006 and underwent a neck dissection w/ removal of lymph nodes on both sides in September. She has been through another surgery since then and has had a feeding tube and trach since September. I would really like to hear from other people about their own experiences w/ a trach. My Mom coughs a lot (still!) and no one seems to be able to tell us why. This is by far her biggest discomfort. At first the Doctor said because she was a smoker, she would cough but it would subside eventually. That has not happened. The cancer has not spread into her lungs, she's had scans.
Has anyone else had this problem? And if you did have a trach, how long and how did the removal process go? She is completing radiation and chemo this week so I'm wondering how long she might have to wait to get the trach out.
Thanks in advance for any info!