VATs recovery and mucus

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Sunwaterandsky
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VATs recovery and mucus

Postby Sunwaterandsky » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:01 am

I had a VATs procedure on August 22nd and have recovered well. They removed the right upper lobe of my lung. I had very little pain and managed to leave the hospital with only tylenol for pain relief.

My one concern is that my breathing does not seem to be improving as fast as I think it should. I have very noisy breathing and seem to produce a lot of mucus. So far, they have just said that my exercise induced asthma may now be regular asthma. I am using a ventolin inhaler but don't seem to be improving.

Any suggestions? Similar experiences?

Sunwaterandsky
Stage 3B colon cancer at 47 years of age
small benign tumour on Rt adrenal gland
Xelox started 28/10/2011 finished 04/2012
CT scan clear 16/2012
Colonoscopy Clear October 2012
CT scan clear January 2013
CT scan Jan 2016 - small 9mm lung nodule
CT scan April 2017 - lung nodule 1.5 cm, bilateral thyroid lesions
Aug 2017 Right upper lobe lobectomy for lung nodule CC met

Lee
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Re: VATs recovery and mucus

Postby Lee » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:09 pm

August was a while ago, something like 2 months ago. If you are producing mucus this far out, maybe time for a scan. I see that you are in Hong Kong. Do you have insurance that could cover that?

Good luck,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Sunwaterandsky
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Re: VATs recovery and mucus

Postby Sunwaterandsky » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:21 am

Hi Lee,

I have insurance but the scan section is topped out. I am waiting for a scan from the public hospital. I have actually been suffering from a bad cold, so the mucus is worse than usual. I have an appointment with the oncologist on Tuesday. I think I will get a referral for a scan and just pay for it myself. I don't want to wait.

Thank you for your response. It confirmed what I was thinking.

Best regards,

Sunwaterandsky
Stage 3B colon cancer at 47 years of age
small benign tumour on Rt adrenal gland
Xelox started 28/10/2011 finished 04/2012
CT scan clear 16/2012
Colonoscopy Clear October 2012
CT scan clear January 2013
CT scan Jan 2016 - small 9mm lung nodule
CT scan April 2017 - lung nodule 1.5 cm, bilateral thyroid lesions
Aug 2017 Right upper lobe lobectomy for lung nodule CC met

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Sunwaterandsky
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Re: VATs recovery and mucus

Postby Sunwaterandsky » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:37 am

Oncologist says mucus is an expected side effect of the surgery. Have booked a scan in a couple of weeks - trying to decide if I want to quit my job and move to Europe before I get too old..... and my UK passport is Brexited.
Stage 3B colon cancer at 47 years of age
small benign tumour on Rt adrenal gland
Xelox started 28/10/2011 finished 04/2012
CT scan clear 16/2012
Colonoscopy Clear October 2012
CT scan clear January 2013
CT scan Jan 2016 - small 9mm lung nodule
CT scan April 2017 - lung nodule 1.5 cm, bilateral thyroid lesions
Aug 2017 Right upper lobe lobectomy for lung nodule CC met


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