• Artery being blocked by tumor.

    Asked by DavidandMarty on Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Artery being blocked by tumor.

    Has anyone ever dealt with an artery being cut off by a tumor? My husband has lung cancer (in the bronchi so it is inoperable) and the tumor has wrapped around it. Now his arm is hard and large, his had looks like a package of sausages. The doc says the blood is flowing down but there just isn’t any return.
    Please any ideas of what we can do?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • CherylHutch's Avatar

      I don't have the same kind of cancer so this may be of absolutely no use to you and your husband... but may be something you could talk over with your doctor. I have colon cancer, that has spread to my lungs. One of the tumours has grown to the point it is partially blocking my bronchial airwaves. Same thing, it is not operable where it is located, but does it ever make it miserable for breathing.

      What we have done a couple of weeks ago is had the tumor radiated. The plan is, I have to go through some more nastiness with the breathing/coughing while the inflammation dies down, but the radiation will hopefully shrink the tumour so it is no longer blocking the airwave. This will take a few weeks after the last radiation treatment so I can't tell you yet if it is going to be successful... but perhaps you can ask your husband's doctor if radiating the tumor is an option in your husband's case?

      I'm certainly no doctor, and don't pretend to be one, so don't take this as advice on what to do... just something that you can bring up with the doctor and he will be able to tell you why it can't work in your husband's case, or if it's worth a try.

      Cheryl in Vancouver

      almost 9 years ago
    • DavidandMarty's Avatar

      Thnak you Cheryl, David is in his second round of lunc cancer. His first, six years ago was also in the bronchial tube on the right side, alone with 3 other tumors. At that time he was treated with 38 days of radiation and a year od chemo. At this point they can not do anymore radiation. Our Doctor said that if we could maybe we wouldn't have had to even do chemo this time. What he is telling us now is that the tumor isn't shrinking or growing (six months into treatment) but that will hope it dies inside....I don't get it?
      Does anyone think that 6 months is to soon to think...is this not going to work? I feel so bad about his arm , it just looks like the skin is going to split it is so big.

      almost 9 years ago

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