• Will I always have this cough?

    Asked by Nana52 on Sunday, October 13, 2019

    Will I always have this cough?

    I have Stage IV lung cancer. I was on chemo for 10 months and the cough disappeared. I've been on immunotherapy (Opdivo) for 3 years and this cough came back this year. It's quite annoying. Anyone else experience this? Does anyone have suggestions about constant coughing?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have no experience with Opdivo or lung cancer. Mine is head and neck cancer, tonsil, but I do have experience with a cough that will not go away. I keep asking about it, they keep running a scope down my throat and telling me that there is nothing wrong. I keep asking how do we get rid of it and why is it there? They just say that due to the radiation, surgery, scar tissue and radiation side effects, "things will happen". So I take it I'm stuck with it. Sorry I can't help you, but there are a lot of us with similar things happening. Maybe someone else will have a better answer. I do hope you find an answer that works for helping you.

      8 months ago
    • Caddo's Avatar

      A cough is small problem considering.learn to live with it I would suggest and enjoy life you're a blessed survivor.wishing you continued survivorship

      8 months ago
    • Dianem's Avatar

      I have stage 4 metastatic lung cancer since 2013. Like you I have had chemo and I’m on opdivo now. Since day one and even before I have a choking cough that sometimes cause me to lose my breathe. I am told it is a post nasal drip and gag reflex. I take mucinex sometimes, but usually just try to quell it by drinking water and swallowing. Hope this helps. Keep strong and God bless

      8 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      @Dianem, I am dealing with that exact thing right now. I have problems in my throat from surgery and radiation and I have a hair-trigger gag reflex. So every little drop of drainage that goes down makes me cough, gag, sometimes vomiting, and sometimes cough so much I lose my breath and pass out. It's just one more gift that cancer keeps giving us. I have a spot on the side of my throat that I can feel when something hits it, that spot makes me go through this routine. I've asked my doctor about it and they say there is nothing there.

      8 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar

      This is interesting. My hubby does this sneeze/cough combo everyday when he starts eating dinner. He doesn't eat breakfast or lunch. This comes in multiples and he's afraid that he's going to get choked. He teases that that's what's going to kill him. Death by sneeze/coughing.@ Greg.. He also has a little tickle spot on the right side of his throat left over from radiation.

      8 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I had a friend who had NSCLC who developed a cough she couldn't get rid of. She and her doctor tried everything but the cough didn't go away. We went to Israel together in January. The cough was on her last nerve and kept her from having fun. She loved to travel, but concluded she wouldn't do any more of it until a solution to the cough was discovered.

      To me, the cough didn't seem all that bad, but it totally took her quality of life. She was scheduled to go to Mayo Clinic (I think) to see if they could come up with a solution. Unfortunately, her cancer began growing with a vengeance and she passed away before she could go.

      I hope they come up with a solution for your cough.

      8 months ago

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