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    Mesothelioma - Question about the cancer's progress

    Hi All,

    My Dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma just over 1 year ago. He has had a chest tube for several months which required frequent draining. They removed the tube today as he is no longer producing fluid?

    What does that mean for his prognosis? I'm assuming it means the cancer has progressed significantly but I'm not sure what to expect now. My Dad doesn't like to talk about it and seems to try and avoid getting much information from the Dr.

    To be frank, I have been surprised at how well my Dad has done up to this point. He has had heart problems for many years.

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    I dont know anything about mesoltheliom proceedures but if they removed the drain tube its probably one of these two resons....either they need to put in a new one because they can only use one for a certain period of time and need to change it..and will leave it out to see how hes doing on his own. or they feel the fluid isnt building up anymore and that its not necessary at this time. If "hes doing well considering his heart problems up to this point." then he must be improving. keep us posted and if someone eles can give you information on your specific question they will. till then hope he is improving. keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheila View Post
    I dont know anything about mesoltheliom proceedures but if they removed the drain tube its probably one of these two resons....either they need to put in a new one because they can only use one for a certain period of time and need to change it..and will leave it out to see how hes doing on his own. or they feel the fluid isnt building up anymore and that its not necessary at this time. If "hes doing well considering his heart problems up to this point." then he must be improving. keep us posted and if someone eles can give you information on your specific question they will. till then hope he is improving. keep us posted.
    My understanding is he is no longer producing fluid so the chest tube isn't required. He isn't having the cancer treated so everything they do at this point is palliative. I'm just trying to figure out what happens now.

    Thanks for your help

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    Hi oc64. I am so sorry about your father's Meso. I have very little knowledge about this type of cancer but I think it has symptoms that are close to Lung Cancer.

    That he is no longer producing any fluid sounds great to me! As you said, that is why he had the tubes in the first place. It might mean exactly the opposite of what you fear. It might indicate that his cancer has not progressed. Try to enjoy this relatively good time. Keep us informed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brainman View Post
    Hi oc64. I am so sorry about your father's Meso. I have very little knowledge about this type of cancer but I think it has symptoms that are close to Lung Cancer.

    That he is no longer producing any fluid sounds great to me! As you said, that is why he had the tubes in the first place. It might mean exactly the opposite of what you fear. It might indicate that his cancer has not progressed. Try to enjoy this relatively good time. Keep us informed.
    Thanks for the info. We have now learned that the cancer is a tiny bit worse on the right side but essentially unchanged on the left. He seems to be hanging in there ok.

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    Hello, I'm very sorry you are having to go through this! It's a terrible condition which I have now seen first hand with my father in law, unfortunately he passed away this Saturday gone only 6 weeks after developing symptoms and 3 weeks from being diagnosed. I wanted to send my best wishes to you all and hope your dad keeps fighting

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    Sarah, I am very sorry about your father's death. My condolences to you and your family.
    Jim
    Long-term cancer survivor
    1992 Astrocytoma grade 2, left motor strip
    2005 Recurrence this time said to be an Oligodendroglioma grade 3, same location.
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2405
    My Story Part 1: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=2528
    My Story Part 2: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?p=7350
    My Story Part 3: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=8029

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    Oh Sarah -- I'm just seeing this post. My sincere condolences to you and your family on your father in law's passing. May God's peace and comfort be with you in your grief.

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    PBJ
    Husband diagnosed with NSCLC Stage IV in 3/2005. Fought & lived over 2 1/2 years with multiple lines of treatment.

    Post describing our journey: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.ph...er=asc&start=0

    Left my embrace to live with our Heavenly Father in October of 2007 and now breathes with ease forever. I will miss this gentle, giving soul with the easy smile for the rest of my days, but have faith we will be together again. He's just getting a little break from me!

 

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