Lung function after chemo

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edythuk
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Lung function after chemo

Postby edythuk » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:32 pm

It's now 3 weeks since my final chemo session (number 12). My taste buds seem to be recovering though food still tastes less than appetizing but I start coughing whenever I take any exercise or breathe deeply. I am only doing a half hour walk every afternoon, nothing strenuous, and really struggle to breathe normally by the end.
I'm wondering if the cells lining my lungs were damaged (as those of my digestive system clearly were) and will recover when new cells grow.
Has anyone else had this? I see my oncologist after a scan and blood test next month so will ask him about it if it hasn't improved.

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby pennycsf » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:45 pm

Hi there,

Well done on getting to the end of the chemo! :) Sorry to learn that the side effects of the treatment are continuing to cause you problems! :cry:

It does take quite a long time to recover from chemotherapy as many of the bodies systems are knocked sideways. In particualar, chemo has an effect on the red blood cells in the body and as these carry oxygen, a lack of them does cause breathlessness. However, I would suggest you go to see your GP as it is always better to be sure that what you are experiencing is indeed a normal part of recovery from chemo and not a side effect which needs separate treatment. Eg. if your red blood count is very low, you may be anaemic and that should be treated straight away.

Hope that helps - if in doubt, see your doctor!!

Penny

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby merlin » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:30 pm

Hello,

Yes well done to you. I endorse what Penny has said. It will I am sure come right for you.

Merlin

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby edythuk » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:29 pm

Thank you for replying to my post. I can report that my lungs are a lot better and I don't have a coughing fit every time I walk anywhere. I'm not up to running a marathon yet but it's early days.
But since finishing the chemo I am now experiencing peripheral neuropathy, mostly in my fingers, but have fuzzy toes a bit as well. I was reading that vitamin B is good for repairing damaged nerves. What have other sufferers done about it, or will it just sort itself out eventually.

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby pennycsf » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:44 am

That's good to hear :D Keep up with the gentle walks and listen to your body as you get stronger and walk further.

Have a look at this link on peripheral neuropathy. Cancer Research UK produces a reliable website which is in English BUT you have to bear in mind that it cannot reflect French attitudes or suggested treatment. Having said that, you will see from the link (in the treatment section) that it says "your doctor might........prescribe vitamin supplements........"

The important point, I think, is that you should always ask your doctor before taking any supplement in case it interferes with the treatment you are on or have been on. We tend to assume that vitamins are "good for you" but if a normal balanced diet gives you the vitamins you need, additional amounts may not be of use and can even be detrimental.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-c ... ncer-drugs

And do discuss your worries and thoughts with your oncologist, he or she will be experienced in any side effects from the drugs that you have taken.

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby goldenoldie » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:50 pm

When I was having my chemo in 2010 the medicos were always asking me if I had "foumis" (which is like ants stinging!) the fuzzy feeling could be the same as the tingling I got. I got it in my finger tips and feet and always if I touched something cold -which normally would not have happened...ie metal door handles/saucepan handles etc I used to wear a pair of my ski gloves to help!!! (difficult to peel potatoes though). When I mentioned it at the hospital they gave me some tablets to help...they worked.
Also I would advise...literally do not try to run before you can walk...progress takes ages but IS slow and sure. Good luck!

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby biggles » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:08 am

Hello everyone, I don't often look in to the Forum these days, but this caught my eye!

When I was still having treatment back in 2012 and suffering VERY badly from menopausal type side effects, brought on by the drugs, I was advised by a friend to take additional vitamin E. Fortunately I asked my oncologist before I did so, he told me that extra vitamin E at that time would have a counter effect on the treatment I was having.

So I would say DON'T take anything without clearing it first with your oncologist or GP.

Good luck!

;)

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby edythuk » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:35 pm

Thank you for the input folks. I will ask my oncologist before taking anything. Like goldenoldie I had the hot needles shoot up my fingers when I touched anything cold so wore gloves to get stuff out of the fridge. My onc always asked before each session about it but I didn't experience the neuropathy all the time as I do now. That only started after I finished the 12 sessions.

I have a scan next week and see the specialist with the results the week after. I will see what he says then.

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby pennycsf » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:03 pm

And do let us know how you get on!

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Re: Lung function after chemo

Postby goldenoldie » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:10 am

Glad I was able to help with the glove idea....re the needles only starting after 12 sessions, that also could be normal. It is the cumulative effect of numerous sessions Your body does not clear the treatment between sessions -which is all part of the "cure" this is partly why many people have one or two sessions and feel fine and then get side effects after later ones. Don't worry it will gradually go as you progress.
ps if you use old ski gloves like me..don't let that give you the idea of heading for the Alps.
good luck for the rest of your treatment.


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