Oct 14, 2011 - 9:28 pm
My wife is stage 4 lung cancer survivor. She developed shortness of breath during radiation and satrted to accumulate fluid on the lung. She has now had the Thorencentesis procedure on 4 occasions to remove fluid. Each time she feels great for about a week -- then the heavy congestion and wheezing returns. Her pulmonologist suggested a procedure by which they insert a permanent drain that gets sucked out every few days - the spouse can be trained to do the suctioning. Has anyone here has this procedure performed? And does it dramatically improve the ongoing breathing situation?
Thanks for whatever info you can provide.