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Nana b
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What are the signs of mestasis to the lungs, I have this dry cough that I get mostly at night, and thought I better ask, is this a symtom???

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lisa42
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A cough could be a sign of a lot of things- especially even from post nasal drip at night from secretions in the sinuses caused by allergies. This is a bad allergy year countrywide, apparently. Try taking an antihistamine at night & see if anything improves. Zyrtec over the counter is better, in my experience that Claritan, BTW.

I have numerous tumors in my lungs and have absolutely no symptoms- no pain, no shortness of breath, and absolutely no cough. On occasion I get a dry cough, but I know that's from the allergies I've suffered from for years.

It's probably worth mentioning to your onc, but I definitely wouldn't panic if I were you- chances are it's allergies.

Cheers,
Lisa

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Agreed - it's a bad allergy year all over, just like Lisa said.

I've noticed that nearly every day, my voice starts to go hoarse - what's the first thing that goes through your mind? Well, you know.....

But you're ok, Nana:)

khl8
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I agree, allergies! This is a documented bad year for allergens and I for one am suffering with them, and people who have never had them are starting to feel it too!
Plus if it were something else, wouldn't it be all the time? not just at night?
Kathy

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When I was 1st dx I had a cough. However.... 2 1/2 yrs later (with the same mets to my lungs) I have no cough except for allergies!! I vote for allergies! You should tell your onc so they have it as a reference, but please know that it doesn't have to be mets!! Hang in there! Jean

Jaylo969
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Gosh! I am glad you asked this question.I'm having the same thing and my imagination....

-Pat

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George has mets to the lungs and has absolutely no pain, shortness of breath, or any of that stuff that is why I am shocked he even has mets. A couple mets are/were pretty big. Anyway, he does have a cough, phlem (sp) but he has always had that. He coughs usually followed by a big sneeze. His voice gets a little hoarse but that is more from chemo than anything.

Now stop looking for trouble.

Tina

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I know, sad how we just fly off the handle, when anything out of the oridinary pops up!

khl8
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I know! I had an itch last night in my armpit and felt a lump and freaked out!!!!!! Until I went into the bathroom and here it was in ingrown hair from shaving! Every ache and pain I think OH crap!!!!
Wonder if this will ever go away???? I somehow don't think so.........:(

Kathy

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Same Thing here Kathy, turned out I just forgot to shave my armpits these last couple of weeks!!! Darn hair was twisted and felt like a lump. LMAO

khl8
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Well at least it wasn't long enough to braid it!!!! LOL
Kathy

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I live in Santa Cruz, 1/4 of the women around here (apparently the 60's never left Santa Cruz) could braid their armpits and their leg hair!!! LMAO, glad I'm not one of them!!!
Which reminds me, I went for a CT Scan on Tuesday, and you know how you have to have your arms stretched beyond your head? Then I remember, darn, once again, it's been a week since I shaved the darn armpits. Poor CT tech, oh well, Santa Cruz, again, so he's probably used to way worse!!!

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I'm like Lisa. I had numerous lung nodules with no symptoms whatsoever. So your dry cough could and probably is pollen or something.

-Sheri

Brenda3.16
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I also have numerous lung nodules and have never had any symptoms.

Brenda

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When my GF was DX with lymphoma and another with lung cancer, both had more of a wet cough than a dry cough. Plus they would cough day or night. So I agree with all the above, ALERGIES!
Jill

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Or maybe Tuberculosis.

Yeah.

No, wait..... I know... Pollen.

This is one of the worst years for pollen. Everyone around
is coughing. Some with a dry cough, and some real leugie spitters.
(a leugie is a Norwegian phlegm-ball spit into a Fiord)

Hack away kiddo.

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Kiddo....Oh my gosh, I'm a nana to 11........that sounds odd! But think I will!

Devasted
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My husband has developed the worst dry cough and we thought..oops..now the lungs.
But a nurse told us at pre-op appointment there is a family of blood pressure meds that can cause a dry cough. His onc. insisted it was pollen but since I have been asking around today, his brother was taking the same blood pressure meds and had the same problem. Another friend and our pastor from church, same thing, they thought she had developed asthma, my mom's friend...same thing..Dr. changed the blood pressure meds and no more cough! He is taking Altace (blood pressure problem developed after Avastin). Wishing you all the best and thanks for posting about the cough, got us to thinking,too!We will be calling his onc. first thing Monday.

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Devastated,

What blood pressure med was your husband taking before he changed to Altace? I never heard of that one before. I currently am taking Atenolol & had also taken Lisinopril at one point in time. My blood pressure issues also stemmed from Avastin.

Lisa

Devasted
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He was taking Diltiazem and Altace with chemo (avastin). They dropped the Diltiazem and he is taking Altace 5MG. The onc. told him to stop taking Altace today and monitor his blood pressure. Cough is listed as a side effect but I never realized blood pressure meds could do that...but it seems to have happened to a lot of other people since I have been asking around.
Guess I wasn't seeing the forest for the trees...I'll be sure to check the side effects on the other meds. We were all sick with colds in Feb, March and his cough never stopped and we just didn't think of the meds?? Will let you know how it goes...

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Tumors that show up in CT scans for one...

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Still have that dry cough! Had a scan back in June and all okay, but now the cough is more frequent, I think I will get an allergy shot, I am out of solutions.

Devasted
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The cough continued with my husband after the blood pressure meds changed, helped at first and then the cough came back. They then decided it may be acid reflux. Tried Prilosec first and that helped some and now he is taking Nexium. No cough...I read a post sometime back about acid reflux causing some problems for others, too....Hope this helps.

Take care

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at night along with a humidifier (cool air not the one that gives out hot air) and cleared up my cough right away. Not sure if you 've given this a try but haven't had a cough since :)

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at night along with a humidifier (cool air not the one that gives out hot air) and cleared up my cough right away. Not sure if you 've given this a try but haven't had a cough since :)

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wrote it twice!!

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Wow. I've been wondering the same thing. I've been having a cough and hoarse, dry throat for about 3 weeks now. When I saw my primary care doctor a week ago, I mentioned it to him, and he wasn't too concerned since I've never smoked. If it doesn't go away, I will mention it again. Just because! And I know all of y'all know what I mean.

*hugs*
Gail

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Nana b
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I will try them. You are correct about acid reflex I remember reading that too. I may need to get back on my acifex because the tequila shot is not working! ;[

PRN
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If I were so worried about metastasis, I would use cimetidine (orignally branded, Tagamet) instead of "more modern" proton pump inhibitors, because cimetidine is a demonstrated VEGF inhibitor and activator of dendritic cells. My spouse does, so far so good, CRC peritoneal invasion areas were necrosed in 4 weeks at surgery. We used a lot of alternative specific nutrients before surgery with credible reports from known researchers (MD/PhDs from Merck, Takeda etc).

I would also consider things like PSK and modified pectins/alginate with heavy supplements.

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