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Jun 26, 2008
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Jul 2, 2008 11:11 AM

Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

I am interested to hear from anyone who has had to have any part of there lung removed due to cancer,  I had half of the left lung removed in april of this year also i had to have the edges of three ribs removed so that was extra painful. I am just in the middle of chemo for safetey as all the tumour was removed.  I am wondering how does it affect your life for the future without the half of lung is there a problem with flying as the cabin pressure, can you have a normal life?  any information or ideas you may have for me will be great   thanks  and well done to all who have fought and are fighting this disease ........

Rodis 1,075 posts since
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1. Jul 3, 2008 2:58 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

I can not give you an answer to your query about flying but ther are areas on the Cancer Research UK web site that should be able to help. I have looked after patients who have had part or all of a lung removed followed by various treatments and usually are well compensated in their capabilities of breathing. An interesting point which you may find useful - your right lung has three lobes (parts) to it and your left lung has only two lobes as there needs to be room for your heart on that side. Could be a piece of useless information but trying to help. !!!

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2. Jul 4, 2008 7:30 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

 

My husband had all of his right lung removed last year and, because he had very good lung capacity before the operation, he has not had too much trouble since then although he isn't well enough to return to sports yet. You could consider asking your consultant for a lung capacity test and ask how much more he/she estimates you may get once you're a bit fitter.

 

 

We have had a number of flights since his operation and your consultant or doctor will check that you're fit to fly and advise you on length of flights that you will be comfortable with.

 

 

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Sep 3, 2008 6:36 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

 

Hi Cazie

 

 

I had my whole left lung removed plus one rib april 1st, I am still getting pain under my left armpit but this is made easier with pain killers prescribed by my surgeon.I find myself getting a little short of breath when doing small tasks around the home. I recently tried to manage without my pain killers for one day but had to resume as the pain made me very  uncomfortable other than this I am fine. As for your enquiry regarding flying and cabin pressure I have been told by my surgeon I can fly, but my oncologist recomended having a lung function test at the hospital as a safety measure. As for living a normal life I was told many people live and can manage with a lung removal but you will not be running marathons obviously.

 

 

Positive attitude is a key issue and try not to let your condition stop you trying things you wish to do.

 

 

 

 

 

Positive

 

 

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6. Sep 6, 2008 1:27 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

 

Hi Cazje

 

 

Hope everything goes well for you. My husband took quite a while to recover from the chemo. but we went on holiday less than 8 weeks after it had finished. He can't do without his painkillers at all because he had the whole lung removed in two separate operations. Since then he has had regular 3 monthly Xrays to check that it hasn't spread. I and the doctors are amazed at how positive he has remained throughout all of this and there are times when he keeps me going rather than the other way around. He uses visualisation techniques that he found on the internet and from a hypnotherapist, who he found very helpful.

 

 

You may also find local short courses advertised in your local paper specifically geared towards people with serious illnesses and how to cope with it. My husband's MacMillan nurse also told us that our local hospice does counselling and offers things like massages and reflexology to both patients and their carers. They also operate a carers group that I've been to and I've found that very helpful and very practical, depending on particular needs. Some groups I found advertised in our local hospital. I've found, over time, that there's more out there than you think, it's just a question of finding it

 

 

Best of luck

 

 

Celia

 

 

   

 

 

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8. Sep 13, 2008 3:31 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

 

Hi Cazje

 

 

My husband had his two operations in March and May last year. He then had chemo. June, July and August last year. He doesn't have numbness on that side but he still has quite a bit of pain, which is why he has to take the painkillers, so you're very good if you are okay without them. I didn't keep the actual websites he used but if you type in 'visualisation techniques cancer' quite a lot come up. Just randomly I found the following

 

 

http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/visualisation-for-dealing-with-stress.php

 

 

http://www.wilywalnut.com/Visualize-how-to-improve-your-visualization-skills.html

 

 

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=256

 

 

http://holisticonline.com/guided-imagery.htm

 

 

Cancer is a very difficult subject to deal with because it has such a physical and emotional impact and because it affects everyone in the family. Do you have anything like MacMillan nurses where you are? Otherwise perhaps your doctor knows where you can get some extra supprt from? I started taking anti-depressants at the end of last year and had counselling, simply because I found it so hard to believe that this had happened to my lovely husband and I've found them really helpful. My husband, on the other hand, hasn't needed any of that so far so you never know how it will affect different people.

 

 

Celia

 

 

http://www.selu.com/cancerlib/guidedimagery.html

 

 

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9. Sep 18, 2008 9:30 AM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

Hi Cazie,

 

I had twenty percent of my lungs removed twenty years ago, courtesy of **** at the Middlesex Hospital.  I've had a normal life with the exception of being a bit breathless if I do something daft like running upstairs. Flying is not a problem ( I do it a couple of times a year ) and the only time I had a problem was when I went up the Aiguille du midi in France (in a lift) to an altitude of twelve and a half thousand feet above sea level. (Told you I did daft things). Don't let it hold you back and keep smiling. Good luck with the chemo and let me know from time to time how you're doing. Who knows, we might even bump into each other in the French Alps one day.

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10. Sep 18, 2008 9:34 AM in response to: Draymandes
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12. Sep 30, 2008 1:22 PM in response to: cazje
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GREAT NEWS !

 

 

You go girl and do as you are told, live life to the full and enjoy your trip with your hubby. I go for my ct scan thurs 2nd sept if all is well my appointments are to increase to every 6 months. I feel well in my self but had physiotherapy for the first time last week and this left me in some dicomfort under my armpit, my gp told me to stop the exercices for the time being. I find if I do exercises in the swimming pool for some reason there is nowhere near as much discomfort afterwards.please read my profile and comment if you were similar I know we will not be exact but your situation seemed similar to my condition.

 

 

Once again GO GO GO

 

 

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13. Sep 30, 2008 1:26 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

 

GREAT NEWS !

 

 

You go girl and do as you are told, live life to the full and enjoy your trip with your hubby. I go for my ct scan thurs 2nd sept if all is well my appointments are to increase to every 6 months. I feel well in my self but had physiotherapy for the first time last week and this left me in some dicomfort under my armpit, my gp told me to stop the exercices for the time being. I find if I do exercises in the swimming pool for some reason there is nowhere near as much discomfort afterwards.please read my profile and comment if you were similar I know we will not be exact but your situation seemed similar to my condition.

 

 

Once again GO GO GO

 

 

Positive

 

 

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14. Sep 30, 2008 8:52 PM in response to: cazje
Re: Has anyone had part lung removed and how are you doing?

Way to go Cazie. I am so pleased for you. It's like waking up to a birthday every day when you get the all clear isn't it. The mood swings are grim though aren't they. Why do I feel guilty, why did I survive, why do I feel so low, why did I just shout at my other half? Remember all those drugs that made you well? Well they have to work their way out of your system. I remember the padre at the hospital telling my wife that it would be like having another child in the house for a long time and he was right. There were times when I was insufferable, I know. My wife's still here though, mind you she takes a lot less of my drivel nowaday!. Talk to your husband about your fears as well as your hopes and remember it was as bad for him as it was for you and you were fully occupied fighting the disease whilst he was fully occupied watching it wrack the person he loved most it the world. It'll take a while to shake down again but stick with it. you'll make it and if the going get's too tough for either of you, come back on the board and shout for me. Don't just just wait until then though, come back on the board anytime and shout for me. We've both been there and so have our other halves. Talking is good for your recovery. Congratulations. Now do what the Doc said, build yourself up and live life. Have a great holiday and a great life!

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