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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD

12/16/2007

Question:

My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2007 and went into remission in September 2007 after radiation and chemo, at the end of September 2007 she was hospitalized and diagnosed to be in the final stages of COPD with 30% lung capacity. She since then has lost the circulation in her left leg and is almost bedridden. She is on oxygen 24 hours a day and prednizone and also takes breathing treatments. When in the hospital her cancer doctor advised us she had approximately 3 months to live. Does this sound accurate?

Answer:

If the oncologist gave your mother 3 months, that might indicate that her cancer is back or other factors are involved.  In most cases if cancer wasn't playing a role, a person with COPD and 30% lung capacity often has much longer than 3 months to live.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University