Cancer Treatment and Ventilation

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November 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm  #1293470    

cece411

Is it possible to be treated for lung cancer while the patient is on a ventilation machine to support breathing with a trach? We are being told by the oncologist at our medical center that the patient has to be able to breathe on her own first before they can begin giving her cancer treatment. Is this true?

November 7, 2017 at 4:33 am  #1293471    
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Hi Cece,

Yes it’s true you need to be able to breathe on your own to receive anticancer treatment. Needing to be on a ventilator suggests you are much too unstable to withstand treatment.

I’m sorry you need to ask this question

Sincerely,
Janine

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