• Chemo treatments and uncontrollable coughing.

    Asked by Reids-Pa on Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Chemo treatments and uncontrollable coughing.

    My coughing/wheezing is continual (day and night) ~ unable to sleep. Chemo is RCHOP. When I spit up it isn't phlegm, but a white, frothy substance. Have tried Claritin and Flonase (no change).

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    • Created07's Avatar

      Reids, I'm so sorry. Talk to your oncologist about this. I know the first thought is, ' It's just a cough. I don't want to bother him.', but there are no 'little things' when we go through this ugly thing called cancer. He would want to know. You are not on this journey alone. Your oncologist should be your strongest support. Let him do his job. I just went through non-hogkins, and R-CHOP. All my prayers are with you. You Can Do This...but you don't have to do it alone.

      over 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      The surest way to end the cough is codeine. Habit-forming if used for long periods, your relatively short course of chemo should not be a problem. I would call doctor's office immediately, as this side effect should be well controlled.

      over 1 year ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and for the night cough, put Vick's on the bottom of your feet and put socks on. We use to do this with patients who had intractable coughs. For the day cough, try ducking on Lemonheads...they are still available at Dollar Bill stores. Best of luck to you.

      over 1 year ago
    • earthgirl's Avatar

      I can attest to Vick's treatment for sleeping. Wishing you the best for getting rest and relief.

      over 1 year ago
    • ariez's Avatar

      I had R-CHOP which caused coughing and wheezing. My X-rays had me having to do a bronchoscopy. It was later decided to start treating it as a lung fungus even though tests were not completed. I was prescribed Vorconazol, Cherritusin and inhalers, Dulera and Ventolin. PET scans had to be postponed until X-rays were good as activity between bacteria cells and cancer cells cannot be distinguished. It was rough but I got though it. Wishing you all the best.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      If someone blows out or spits up white phlegm (or "snot"), I've always been told that indicates infection and an antibiotic is needed. If the above remedies don't work, please ask for an antibiotic. Best wishes.

      over 1 year ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      carm, how does Vicks on the bottom of the feet work for a cough? That's interesting.

      over 1 year ago

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