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Coughing up "Stuff"

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Coughing up "Stuff"

by Ellsinore on Sun Jun 30, 2019 05:08 PM

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I don't even know what to call it.  

My husband has lung cancer and finished up six weeks of radiation a week or two ago.  He also had his third round of chemo about the same time.  

He's got pneumonia and he's in the hospital again for that.  But yesterday he coughed up a . . . chunk?  It looked like snot, but was hard like cartiledge.  It was a pretty good size piece -- an inch long or so.  Since then, snaller pieces.  

No one at the hospital seems particularly concerned but I'm thinking, okay -- there are PIECES coming out of him!  

We can't get anything from the people at the hospital.  The doctor says he didn't know anything about it and the nurses say they can't say anything.  

We're just guessing this might have something to do with the radiation?  He did have a lot of damage to his throat.  

What is this stuff?  

RE: Coughing up "Stuff"

by PunkyD on Mon Jul 01, 2019 09:51 AM

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I'm sorry to hear about your husband's lung cancer.  It sounds like he is having a tough time. I'm sure it's very frustrating not getting a straight answer from the doctors or nurses.  Don't give up!  You have to be the advocate for your husband. What does that mean: "the doctor says he didn't know anything about it"????  Isn't it his job to know everything about his patient?  Like coughing up chunks??? Why can't the nurses say anything?  If they can't tell you, the wife, the closest family member to your husband, then who can they tell? If they for some strange reason can't tell you, they should at least pass on this info to the doctor, who seems to not know what's flying. Why should you have to guess??? Your guess is just as educated a guess as mine, as I am not a doctor.  I'm hoping others will pipe in here on this thread, with similar experiences to help you. 

Don't give up and don't let the doctors or nurses evade you. 

Good luck and I send your husband prayers. 



RE: Coughing up "Stuff"

by Quiet11957 on Fri Jun 05, 2020 03:12 AM

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I have COPD and have experienced this while I was in the hospital! Like you I could never really get an answer as to what it was. It was green and solid. Yuck!

It has never happended to me again since them

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