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    Hello Everyone, yesterday was a very rough day. I had a pet scan done last week. I found out cancer is in 4 lymph nodes in my chest. Lesion on my adrenal gland near kidney, and my first and seventh rib. I have been having difficulty with my breathing due to masses in my lungs. Left lower lobe is mostly collapsed. I will be having a pleurax catheter put in, hopefully tomorrow. It will be done as an outpatient. I had fluid drained from my left chest wall 3 weeks ago. It only gave me relief for about 3 days. With the catheter, I will be able to drain the fluid at home, as needed. Also have inquired about Hospice. Please keep my family and I in your prayers during this difficult time.

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      catlillie

      I am really sorry to hear that you are going through these tough times. I say prayers.. constantly, it seems, for all of us going through this s%&tstorm that cancer brings. Please remain strong and thank you for sharing your experience.

      11 days ago
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      Nana, never give up. Prayers can help both physically and mentally, do what you can to ease your life and let God carry you. Prayers !

      11 days ago
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      GolfGirl

      Let us know how the procedure goes. As always, sending lots of love & prayers

      8 days ago
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    NanaL asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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      Anniekell (Best Answer!)

      I had a thoracentesis a few months ago. Like you they removed about a liter of fluid and said it would need to be done again. So far so good - they led me to believe it would fill up again much more quickly than it has - at two months plus I have about half the fluid I had before. I will have it drained again if I start to feel the same pressure as before. Otherwise i will leave it alone. I found the recovery very painful and am not iIn a big hurry to repeat it.

      27 days ago
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      Annie glad to know it's been 2 plus months since you had the fluid drained. I'm sorry the procedure was rough for you. I didn't have much pain at all. I felt bruised and sore for a few days but pain meds helped. Best wishes to you

      27 days ago
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      I also had a huge amount of fluid drained from my lung. It also provided almost instant relief to the difficulty of breathing. It was much less painful than I expected (just a dull pain while the drain was in.) I was also told that it might need to be done again. But, that was done in March 2015 and so far I haven't had that problem. It reminds me to ask my doctor about my lung though, as he has ignored it in explanation of cancer cells in other places.

      22 days ago