Mar 27, 2006 - 1:47 pm
My dad was diagnosed in january with non small cell lung cancer, stage IV. He had to have his lung drained from all the fluid that built up in his lung from the cancer and he had to have talc put in to keep the lung expanded. He was having a difficult time breathing before the procedure (in january 2006), but now his breathing seems to be getting worse. He had radiation for two weeks in february and has had chemo twice so far (carbo/taxol). Anyone else experiencing a difficult time breathing, even after the lung was drained? My dad's doctor tests his blood/oxygen levels and they are always good - in the mid 90s. He even has my dad walk around to see if that will cause the oxygen level to drop - but instead it causes the oxygen to go up. He is not a candidate for oxygen because his oxygen levels are good. The doctor said that his breathing problems could be a result of his surgery, but it has been about 2 1/2 months since the surgery - wouldn't it have been improving by now? Not really sure what to do to help my dad. He can't really move around, etc. because he loses his breath very easily. so he is basically stuck at home watching TV. He has cabin fever and I think it is starting to make him really depressed. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.