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Recovering from pneumonia

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  • Posted By: elfgoose
  • September 26, 2006
  • 00:33 PM


My father-in-law has Colon cancer which has spread to his liver. The treatment plan was for chemo and an embollization of the liver to allow the unaffected segment grow large enough to allow the diseased part to be removed. The embollization was partly sucessful and he was due to have another when he came down with pneumonia. During that time he was on a CPAP mask, which forces oxygen in and out of the lungs. He reached the limits of that and would have had to go on a ventilaor had his condition deteriorated further, but he turned it around at the last moment and now is okay. He is, however, very weak. He went into hospital before the pneumonia because he was suffering from dehydration as the chemo had put him off food and drink. The long hospital stay during which he was immobile plus the illness where his body needed protein has left him too weak to stand or get out of a chair etc...

Due to this the oncologist belives (I know this is not his decision but he obviously has experience) that he will never be fit enough to undergo an operation. although my father-in-law now has a god appetite and is gradually getting stronger. he had a CT of his lungs which was 'consistent with someone recovering from pneumonia'

My question is A) does anyone know of any method for increasing the speed of recovery and B) is there any questions we should be asking or things we should be doing?

Many thanks


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