Central Sleep Apnea and lung cancer

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September 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm  #1259357    

gramme

24 months survivor of NSCLC, Stage III B, EML4-ALK positive adenocarcinoma, loculated pleural effusion since surgery 2012. Bones, Brain, abdomen, pelvis CT Scans negative, lung CT Scans stable since 2012. Diagnosed with Central Sleep Apnea. Not overweight, never smoked, and exercise (walk).
Is there a correlation between Central Sleep Apnea and ALK? If there a connection of Central Sleep Apnea to lung cancer? Could I have triggered Central Sleep Apena because of my habit of holding my breath to deal with pain?

September 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm  #1259360    
Dr West
Dr West

To my knowledge, there is no association of central sleep apnea with lung cancer or ALK.

-Dr. West

September 19, 2013 at 5:11 am  #1259364    

chebird

Just an anecdote: my husband’s sleep apnea disappeared after his stage 3 Pancoast was treated with chem/rads. He’s a fit, skinny guy. Then it came back when he was on decadron. Now he’s off of that, and no apnea.

Blessings,

Holly


- Husband: 7/11, 8+ cm Pancoast into T1, T2 and 3 ribs. – Fall 2011 chem/rads, partial response with tumor shrinking to 5.5 cm. – EGFR + Tarceva started 10/11 – 1/12- 4/13 Happy with NED – 4/13 intradural mets to spine and head. – 5/13-7/13 radiation to lower half of spine and 2 spots in head. Uncontrolled pain. – Mom: VATS for 1a 7/09. Mets to liver. stage 1V 7/13. Chemo. – Step-mom: dx 11/12 squamous stage 111. chem/rads.
9/27/13 Dx multiple LMC tumors throughout spine

September 19, 2013 at 9:25 am  #1259368    
Dr West
Dr West

Yes — that would suggest that the cancer can cause apnea, which I’d believe is plausible (though probably uncommon); I don’t think it’s as plausible to envision that sleep apnea causes cancer.

-Dr. West

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