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Lung cancer diagnosis to death in 2 weeks?

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Lung cancer diagnosis to death in 2 weeks?

Postby barris49 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:42 am

Someone I know who had a major heart attack and five bypasses 4 years ago just died from lung cancer. I have some questions. He had been a heavy smoker till his heart attack and quit. Not too long before he died i noticed he started back but only a few cigs a day. He originally went in with that it looked to be pneumonia and they admitted him to hospital and put him on o2. well the next day they tell me there was a masson his right lung. I could tell he had been having trouble breathing, even with that o2. A few days later they did a bronchoscopy to biospy it and his lung collapsed, they had been able to get samples from both lungs before it happened. They moved him to icu where he was put on a vent ststem. He was not able to breathe on his own. Then a day or so later told us he had stage 3b non small cell lung cancer in both lungs and lymph nodes. He was not a surgical candidate and did not do well with even a baby dose of chemo due to his heart so they recomended hospice. He died one week after getting into hospice. This all happened so quick. Is this normal, did they purposely kill him? Everything just seems so quick to me
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Postby jager15 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:52 am

Since he was a heavy smoker which caused heart damage, pneumonia, and eventually lung cancer . . what killed him was the cigarettes . . when he was hospitalized it was already too late for him. Hospice only helped keep him comfortable until he died.
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Postby sawyers98 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:58 am

No they didn’t purposely kill him. How do you know it was lung cancer that killed him and not his heart, which would be the most likely cause? Sometimes it happens this fast, especially in a patient with multiple medical problems.
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Postby eliott » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:00 am

No the hospice did not kill him on purpose. That is a ludicrous and dangerous accusation. Hospices do wonderful work, they are NOT in the business of killing people. He had lung cancer and likely other complications. FYI You cannot tell by looking at his chest that he had one lung, I've seen someone die of lung cancer, you can't tell.
It is normal for end stage cancer victims to die. You don't know how long he had cancer, you just know when it was detected. You also say he had pneumonia, heart problems, collapsed lungs, cancer and chemo. He was not going to live long.

Cancer can be quick. He had serious problems and his body was too weak.
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