Hey Fellow Survivors,
This might sound strange, and maybe a tad morbid, but I was curious about this and have yet to see any information about this. My ex-wife's mother died from lung cancer several years ago. For some reason, I can still--even after all these years--remember a particular smell emanating from her when I was very close to her while she was fighting this thing.The smell itself was not decaying flesh but something hard to describe. I've never smelled anything like it before. For several months before the lump appeared on my neck, if I was in a quiet room with little air movement, etc., I could smell (or at least thought I could)that very same smell. I had no idea at that point that I actually had cancer. Except for some mean acid reflux, I was as healthy as a horse (albeit, a very neurotic horse).
My radiologist said that it might have been dead tissue. It didn't smell anything like decaying organic matter, however. Since my diagnosis I have been around many, many, people who are in various stages of battling this thing and have yet to detect this odor around any of them. Here's where it gets really wierd. I was at work one day a couple of weeks ago and having a conversation with someone. Every time this guy opened his mouth I could smell that same smell. Needless to say when I smelled it, my blood ran cold. I didn't know if it would be appropriate to say anything to the guy because I had no idea how he would react to some wingnut he didn't even know telling him he might have cancer.
Has anyone alse experienced this or know anything about it? Do certain forms of oral, nasal, throat, or lung cancers give off specific odors? If not, am I some sort of "cancer whisperer" Who knows, this could turn out to be some kind of early diagnostic measure.