Thick, clear, foamy mucus

Does anyone cough up very thick clear, foamy phlem or mucus? My husband does and it interfers with eating, sleeping, talking, just about everything. What could this be from? His cancer returned for a 2nd time and he started chemo again. He's had 2 treatments so far. He is very weak and tired. He can drink with no problem. He drinks a lot of milk, he does Boost, OJ, tomato juice, water, etc., but he has problems with food. The food has to be mushed or very small. Sometimes he gets a little bit down but he he trys one more bit he gags. Any thoughts??

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It could be the frothy sputem from the milk and milk products.
Maybe if he could try clear liquids only for a day or so and see if it helps.
The fluid intake must be adequate to make the secretions thinner.
He also could be aspirating some of these foods or fluids in his lungs.
I would have the doctor check him out and listen to his lungs.
Has he spiked any fevers at all?
It doesn't sound infectious from your description of the color it.
Good luck,
Sandy

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Thanks for such a fast response. He doesn't have a fever. Its just very thick and very aggravating and he still coughs a lot. His cough reminds me of the time when he was first dianosed last year. He coughed for two months and the chemo seemed to solve that irritation for him because it went away. When the cancer returned in February of this year he didn't have the cough. He didn't have a cough for almost a year. However this recurrance in Sept. has really gotten him down. He has multiple tumors in his liver, and a large mid mediastinal and subcarinal lymphadenopathies have developed...I just took that off of the CT scan report. He gets another CT scan this Thursday; I hope and pray the chemo is working again. This will be the 3rd time with the same chemo. He uses taxotere and carboplatin. It worked really well the first two time; all tumors were gone however, they keep coming back.

Jenny

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You may want to ask about Gemzar.
I was put on it, and went into a remission almost 5 years now.

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Thanks. I will ask about Gemzar.

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Try something for acid reflux - cut out the dairy - drink lots of water!!!! he'll be fine!
karen

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same advice. cut out the dairy. I switched to rice milk. It is easier on system. There are also specialist for eating/drinking. I might have some scare tissue or damage from radiation around my asphogus and I sometimes choke/caugh alot when eating or drinking. After my chemo treatment I will see if still an issue. Is so will see speacialist for this. Thanks, Sean

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I was coughing and coughing for months, and had some swallowing issues as well. I also have NH Lymphoma and we did not know if everything we were seeing on scans was lymphoma or lung cancer returned. Well, I had fluid building up around my heart, and it turns out it was caused by a lung cancer recurrence. I would check to see if the scans show any sign of fluid build up.

It nearly killed me. After they did an emergency pericardial window to drain the fluid, my cough has all but disappeared.

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Milk makes more mucous. If he must drink milk dilute it with water.
When my children were small & got a call the pediatrician told me "no milk" with a cold.
You might also want to consult a gastroenterologist. He may may also have reflux.

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Thank you for all of your responses; I appreciate it very much. I shared your advice with him and he has cut down on his intake of milk. His cough seems to be getting better and also the hacking up of yucky mucus seems to be less too. Its weird but over the past few days he has really improved. He had his CT scan on Thursday and the great news is that the chemo is working again FOR THE 3RD TIME! It is amazing. He also still has tumors large enough that the Dr. can get a biopsy for testing for the genetic mutations. I am hoping that he can have a backup plan. He has been NED 2x but the cancer tumors keep growing back. He needs a good maintenance plan after the chemo treatments are over. His tumors are located in his liver and subcarinal and mediastinal locations in the chest. I think that is strange knowing that it started out as lung cancer. He is keeping his food down too but still not eating a whole lot.

pborter - his lungs are clear.
Grandmado - he has always had acid reflux so I think that could be part of the problem.

Jenny

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Hi Sandy, My husband had his Drs appt. today. Rick told the dr. that he started feeling numbness and tingling in his left foot and front of leg from the knee down after his third treatment with Carbo and Taxotere which was about 11 days ago. The dr. wanted to know how many total treatments of taxotere Rick has had. I told him 13 total (4 the 1st time, 6 when the cancer returned and 3 this time when it returned 2nd time). Anyway, he is sending him to a neurologist and is talking about treating him with Gemzar. I know you had great success with it but what were your side effects? I'm reading where a lot of folks have flu-like symtoms on day 3. I also read where you had neuropathy before. Did it go away? Did yoiu get the neuropathy with the Gemzar or was it something else? I will really appreciate your input here.

Thanks,
Jenny

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