Jun 21, 2013 - 8:22 pm
So today we saw the new Pulmonologist who spent over an hour with us going over Mike's CT scans from Wednesday as well as his results from his spirometry test which shows his lung air level is 41%. It appears Mike has a few factors that are contributing to his breathing issues. On top of having Stage 4 reoccuring EC is he was diagnosed with Stage 3 emphysema, air in the lining of the lungs, more so on his left side which is leaking into his chest scar tissue from radiation and chemo and the more powerful chemo he had at the end of last month. We can not rule out that the cancer has spread to his lungs so hoping the chest xrays will tell more but for now chemo has been put on hold until his breathing improves but there is no guarantee that will happen. He was put on Prednisone four times a day for one week, then each week after we cut down by 1 pill with follow up with the pulmonologist. We have to go weekly for chest xrays to watch the air in the lungs and chest and if it gets worse, then a chest tube will be put in to drain the air out but once again there is no guarantee that draining the air will help his breathing. So discouraging to hear this but at least we now have a few puzzle pieces together and we can grasp what is going on..just more kicks in the gut..