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Old 01-21-2003, 06:01 AM   #1
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A good friend of mine had a little (not much) trouble breathing and went to the dr. Dr. determined that she had some fluid in her lung and sent her for a catscan and to get fluid drained.

Yesterday, when she went to get the fluid drained, they told her that it had to done at the hospital later in the week instead because:

* there was one quart of fluid present; and
* the catscan showed "something white by a lymph node by the breast."

She has to go for a mammogram today and to the hospital for fluid draining tomorrow.

We are all so frustrated by the lack of info from the doctors. I am aware this could mean something bad but does anyone know of anything benign it could be? Or if not, please be to the point and share anything you may know. Are these two conditions related, do you think and if so, why does it happen? I can't sleep or think of anything else. Please share any info you may have.

 
Old 01-21-2003, 07:05 AM   #2
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My sister had breast cancer about 2 years ago. Had lumpectomy and radiation, lymph nodes clean. Last May had heart attack. Since then has had to have her lungs drained 2x. First time took out a quart with some blood in it. Second time took out 2/3 quart looked like tomato soup. Last week had surgery where they made small incisions on side, drained fluid and put in talc. The talc irritates the chest, causes scar tissue and closes up the pocket. (This is a over simplification of proc, I am not a health pro) So far the tests on the fluid indicate no malignancies, no TB and no bacteria. So far so good. Her primary doctor thought that she probably had a recurrence of the breast cancer or had lung cancer. Doesn't look that way. Yeah!
Hope this helps you.
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Old 01-21-2003, 07:58 AM   #3
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Ginny, thanks for the reply...did your sister's lungs get the fluid in a reaction to cancer? Do you know what causes this to happen? Thanks again.

 
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pentek,

If the fluid builds up outside the lung it is called pleural effusion. Most likely it is cancer cells causing this fluid to accumulate, because they irritate the pleura(the covering on the lung), and cause them to overproduce fluid.

There is another term for fluid inside the lung, but I forgot what it is. Hope this helps.

 
Old 02-03-2003, 01:54 PM   #5
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All of the tests on the fluid behind my sister's lung came back negative, no cancer, no TB, no bacteria. They put in the talc. So fluid is not, repeat, NOT always cancer.
Ginny

 
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I'm sorry. I should have phrased that differently. There are many different causes for pleural effusion. In my mom's case, it was cancer. Please know that I did not mean to scare you.

 
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FDA Approves Treatment For Malignant Pleural Effusion
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>Sclerosol is indicated for the prevention of recurrence of malignant
>pleural effusions in symptomatic patients. Symptoms include chest
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>Pleural effusions are caused by an accumulation of fluid between the
>layers of the pleura (the membrane lining the lungs and chest
>cavity). The condition can occur in several diseases including,
>pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism, and
>malignant diseases, particularly in patients with advanced cancer.
>MPEs result from an increase in capillary permeability caused by
>metastases to the pleural membranes or from lymphatic drainage by
>the tumour.
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>Breast, lung and lymphoma cancers are most commonly associated with
>effusions. More than 400,000 new cases of these three cancers alone
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