Has anyone had surgery with a bad heart and lungs

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Has anyone had surgery with a bad heart and lungs

by jackspumpkin on Wed Nov 24, 2010 02:18 AM

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My dad was told by his oncologist that due to his bad heart and COPD that he would not be a good surgical candidate.  My dad didn't want to wait and have a second opinion by a surgical oncologist because he felt that everyday he waited the tumor was growing and he wanted to start chemo ASAP.  The oncologist said that the position of the tumor would make him a good candidate but he was afraid that because of my dad's other health conditons he may not come off the ventilator after surgery.  Has anyone else had surgery who had a bad heart and lungs?

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by Joan_l_3 on Wed Nov 24, 2010 08:01 AM

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jackspumpkin,

Your dad is in a really bad spot.  During a surgical work-up in 2001, my husband was found to have cardiac issues and required a quadruple bypass.  He was then able to undergo cancer surgery.

However, your dad also has lung issues and you must keep in mind that some types of chemo damage the heart.  So, your dad has a lot of hurdles to consider.  Being on a ventilator isn't good; I do not believe patients are able to stay on those forever.  At some point the patient must come off and you just have to hope the patient will be able to breathe on his own when it is removed.

Good luck.

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by The_Wife on Wed Nov 24, 2010 04:20 PM

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My husband had open heart surgery just 6 months prior to being diagnosed with PC and having a Whipple (talk about bad luck). The heart surgery was to replace two defective valves, probably congenital conditions. His Whipple surgeon said that if he had not had the heart surgery, he would not have been a candidate for the Whipple or even chemo. The Whipple is a long and complicated surgery that puts a tremendous strain on the body. Even some relatively healthy people take many months to recover. Best wishes to you and your dad.

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