• Has anyone else had COPD or been on oxygen before they were diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer?

    Asked by conniebee on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Has anyone else had COPD or been on oxygen before they were diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer?

    Also not too many patients mention blood clots prior to treatment

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I apparently had emphysema, but I didn't know about it so wasn't on oxygen. The radiologist nearly always comments on my terrible emphysema when reading CT scans, but I have no symptoms now or ever so am not on oxygen.

      I didn't have blood clots, but I have a friend who did. The blood clots in her legs - both legs - were the reason they finally discovered her lung cancer.

      over 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I have stomach cancer and have had multiple blood clots in both lungs, which are currently gone due to Lovenox shots.

      Can you explain what your question is?

      over 5 years ago
    • Rehas5's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with COPD several years before LC. I did not have oxygen though. I did have many years of cat scans following a small node on my lung prior to cancer. I only mention that because I have developed a collapsing hip bone (HVN) due to years of radiation. Looks like I will be getting a hip replacement.

      over 5 years ago
    • 2bbcontinued's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with COPD 15 years ago. Not on oxygen then. Lung cancer 3 years ago. 4 blood clots 18 months later, 2 in leg and 2 in right lung.

      over 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I have some small nodes in my lungs that are being checked by CT scans, too, but since the alternative to having CT scans would be to possibly have advanced lung cancer, I guess we should be thankful for the CT scans.

      Hope your hip replacement goes well. :)

      over 5 years ago
    • Rob's Avatar

      I have the dreaded cronic old peoples desiese or COPD I didn't go on oxygen until I started this new cancer drug OPDIVA and shortness of breath is a serious side effect, I like the new drug though it's imunotheripy instead of chemotheripy it olny takes about an hour and it's every two weeks. and no hair loss this time.

      over 5 years ago
    • conniebee's Avatar

      Thx for your responses I guess I was just asking if the emphysema and COPD made the lung cancer or breathing worse and in my reading not too many talked about bloodclots but I guess the clots let us know the cancer was there so in this case it was a good thing. My question was answered when the regimen of cisplatin and daily radiation was changed to carboplatin and no radiation because the lymph nodes increased in qty and size. All of it is just bad and I am sorry any of you have to go through it. The dr still thinks my husband is gaining at least 1 year with this treatment and clots are under control with lovanox shots,

      over 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Conniebee, when you have a serious diagnosis like his, we usually suggest getting a second opinion or even third opinion, in case there are other solutions. It's good to go to a (NIH) National Cancer Institute-affiliated cancer center, which is usually a medical school/university that does the clinical trials, which can give patients access to research drugs that aren't available yet. Here's a link to the cancer center list:


      Best wishes.

      over 5 years ago

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