Dec 14, 2011 - 4:35 am
I have stage IV rectal cancer, which has metastasized to both my liver and lungs. Currently, my worst problem is in my lungs. I have "used up" all chemos and stopped chemo in October (after being hospitalized with pneumonia and seeing on a scan that tumors grew some while on chemo). My onc said all the chemo I've had (close to 4-1/2 yrs worth) was starting to shut down my immune system. I am taking the nutritional approach now (gone vegan, am juicing, and am taking another nutritional treatment).
Anyhow, I find myself gasping for air after doing very simple tasks (such as taking the wet laundry out of the washer & putting it into the dryer, as one example). Going up the stairs at my house makes my heart pound and has me sitting at the top of the stairs trying to catch my breath.
I know it's the tumors doing this to me & I am hoping that maybe I can see an oncology pulmonologist to have him/her look at the CD of my scan from last week to see if there is a particular tumor(s) that is pressing against my airway or something & maybe it could be radiated for symptom relief. I've never been a candidate for lung surgery or lung radiation because I have what they call "innumerable subcentimeter nodules" in all parts of both lungs- there's just too many to address. In addition to the innumerable subcentimeter nodules, I have a couple that are around a cm, one that is approx 2-1/2 cm & another that is 3-1/2 cm.
Any advice on procedures, drugs, alternatives, or whatever to help my cough and the breathlessness would be appreciated. I do take cough/cold medicine to help with all the congestion and coughing, and I also use a nebulizer with albuterol (I have mild asthma). It helps the cough some, but hasn't seemed to help the breathlessness at all.