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    Asked by Cherak on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    ...sorry getting used to this site..

    ...sorry getting used to this site..Hello, my mom has been diagnosed with colon cancer. They can't start chemo treatment until the blood clots are out of her lungs. Does anyone know how long it will take for the blood thinners to get rid of the clots? This is so scary.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Cherak, thanks for being here and posting. Be patient for a few hours, someone will see your post that has been through this condition and give you an answer.

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      Greg P
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      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      That is a question best answered by her doctors as we here do not know the extent of the clots and what blood thinners are being used. If you or some other family members are near to your mother it is appropriate for one of you to go with her to her doctor appointments to ask and get answers to questions like this. Having a second person at appointments to ask questions and write down answers is always helpful. If no family members are near you could get friend of hers to go with her. You can also make arrangements to talk to the doctor over the phone if necessary.

      I realize that the first reaction to a diagnosis is to want to start treatment as soon as possible, that was my reaction to my diagnosis. Most forms of colon cancer are considered relatively slow growing, thus the risk of spreading during the wait are small. Also your mother should be using the time to learn about the treatment plan and what will be happening to her. She has a fight on her hands but it is very winnable. There is alot of good work being done on colon cancer these days, including a new chemo drug that was approved just two weeks ago.

      If you have any more questions about what is happening to your mother (a silly statement as of course you do) please ask anything here as there are no dumb or silly questions and the community here will be happy to answer them and offer you and your mother support in her fight. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hi Cherak, I can tell you my experience with blood clots but your question is best answered by a doctor. I developed a blood clot shortly after the port was inserted and I started taking chemo (in 1999) . I injected lovenox in the fatty parts of my body once a day for a week or two; then I started taking Coumadin for the duration of my treatments. Shorty after a few inhections of lovenox, the pain was gone.

      over 8 years ago
    • lpless2's Avatar

      I know it is scary. I have been where your Mom is a couple of times. The first time was 11 years ago. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and had clots in my lungs and was given 6 months to live. Well I am here to tell you this is beatable. It will be a long road and a lot of Drs and tests.
      I am now fighting cancer again (liver) and have had the clots again in my lungs and legs. I am on Lovenox and Xoloda. I WILL BEAT THIS AGAIN, God Bless you.

      over 8 years ago
    • dvdbriansr's Avatar

      I don't believe anyone here or of the medical profession, can answer your question about how long it takes to dissolve blood clots in the lungs, at best I can just tell you my experience with it. I was comatose for 35 days with pneumonia a couple of years ago, and yes I too had a major blood clot in my right lung. My Drs pushed so much blood thinner through me that I had blood coming out of my Trach tube, and from places I didn't know blood could come from. However, within 2 weeks or so, the blood clot was dissolved and I was able to continue a more conventional treatment plan. Wish you nothing but the absolute best for you and your mother. Good luck on your journey.

      over 8 years ago
    • Cherak's Avatar

      Hello, Thank you all. She started her first chemo treatment this week. I leave to go see her in TN on Friday. I guess the cancer is pretty far gone from the colon into the liver and they can't operate. So far she is tired, not hungry and had a "heat" attack. From what I hear, we have to clean the fruit and veggies with vinegar and keep things really clean. Any helpful hints you may have for me to pass on or help her. I welcome suggestions. You are all a great group of people. Thanks Cheryl (aka Cherak)

      over 8 years ago

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