Empyema

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risto
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Empyema

Postby risto » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:47 am

This morning, my DW, still in the hospital, awakened with a fever and high heart rate. Blood tests indicated an infection somewhere. CT and ultrasound found empyema, an infection in her pleural cavity. After talking with the doctors, they said it would be very difficult, painful, and time consuming to try to clear the infection, and it is just as likely that during that time another infection or clot would occur elsewhere, so the benefit does not outweigh the discomforts and risk. They recommend using IV antibiotics only, which will merely contain the infection for a time and help keep her comfortable. They describe this infection as pretty serious and could be fatal, and that she has "weeks" to live. But just a few days ago their estimate was 1-3 months. Seems like every time the doctors walk into the room the news gets worse. What can I do, but cry a river of tears?
DW Dx 7/15, 41 yo, st IV, 3+ liver mets: 11.3 cm, 7cm, 3cm. MSS.
KRAS, APC, SMAD4, TP53 mut.
7/15-10/15: FOLFOX+bev. x8
11/15-12/15: SIRT (Y90)
1/16: Toxic Hepatitis, chemo break
4/16: Liver resec. fail
5/16-7/16: FOLFIRI x6
8/16: Liver resec.
8/16-11/16: FOLFIRI x6
2/17: IMRT/Xeloda x25
4/17: LAR
6/17: CT: Progression. Peri, Lung, Liver mets. FOLFIRI x6
9/17: FOLFIRI+Bev x5.
11/17: CT: Stable. 5FU+bev. maintenance x5
1/18-2/18: Surgery for SBO
5/18: ascites, acute liver injury

Deb m
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Re: Empyema

Postby Deb m » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:58 am

I am so sorry about your news. It's heartbreaking! You both will be in my prayers.

deb m

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susie0915
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Location: Michigan

Re: Empyema

Postby susie0915 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:39 am

I am so sorry. You are such a wonderful caregiver to your wife. I will pray that she is comfortable and this infection does not cause her more pain.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoid/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod
7/17 no change lung nod
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule
5/18 CEA<.5, clear CT pel/abd/lung nod no change

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Robino1
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Location: Florida

Re: Empyema

Postby Robino1 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:18 pm

Gosh, seems like neither of you can catch a break! My continued prayers for some peace.
At 54 2014 1st colonoscopy colon cancer detect
Colon resect margins clear. No chemo Stage II
2017
Distend abd, pain in intestines.
CT scan seeding & Ascites
Lap diag - cancer on the omentum
CEA 217; 219
FOLFOX started 6/17
CEA 202
8/29/17 CT melting of tumor.
Latest CT scan shows 2 new tumors and return of ascites.
CEA: (2017)9/30 -109; 10/12 -99.1; 11/4 -90.7; 11/30 -70.7; 12/14 -83.4; (2018)1/4 -73.3; 2/1-84.2; 89.2; 89.8; 88.5; 81.8: 93.5; 107; 119
BRAF V600e

Capri
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Re: Empyema

Postby Capri » Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:13 pm

I'm so sorry. I continue to pray for you both. (((HUGS))))
Mom to son 46 yo at Dx (2017)
9/17 rectal bleeding
12/17 colonoscopy sigmoid tumor; CT & MRI chest, abd,& pelvis clear; CEA normal
1/18 Robotic resection, Path: adenocarcinoma, Stg. IIIA T3 N1 MX, mod. differentiated, margins clear
2/18 Port placed; 2/26/18 Begins FOLFOX
6/18 On Early surveillance CT 2 liver hemangiomas, PET scan-nothing "lit up"
Neuropathy has started.
7/30/18 Completed 12 cycles of FOLFOX.


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