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Old 03-16-2005, 08:16 AM   #1
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throat cancer spread to lungs???

I am a bit of a worrier but I have a real problem I need help with. My friend was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer last April, age 38. He had his teeth removed and a peg tube fitted. He had 38 radiation txs and 3 rounds of chemo concurrent. By the grace of God last November, his pet scan revealed he was clear.He has been checked by his ENT once a month, doc says he looks great (scoped his throat) and he doesn't need to see him until April.Anyway last Friday he developed a cough with green phlegm. He went to a walk in clinic and the doc listened to his chest and gave him antibiodics.Does this sound like the cancer has spread or just the flu?His family all had the flu but I worry so much.Would the doc have heard anything in his chest? Considering his throat cancer diagnosis would the doc have sent him to his oncologist if he suspected something? Please respond, I am very scared! Thanks so much!

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Old 03-16-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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Re: throat cancer spread to lungs???

The green phlegm sounds like it's related to the flu. It doesn't sound like a symptom of recurrence, although it's good that he is having his follow-up in April. I don't think you have anything to worry about, especially if the antibiotics do the of luck to your friend

Old 03-16-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for answering! I thought it sounded like the flu also but I worry sooooo much especially since he is only 8 months from the end of treatment. I guess the first 2 years are the worst from what I have read. He says he feels good other than the congestion. He is still struggling to gain weight though.The radiation was tough on his throat.I guess I will try to keep the worry under control until he gets his check up, but can please tell me what symptoms to watch out for though????? Thanks so much & God bless!!!

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