nausea cough excessive mucous following recent esophagectomy
My husband is 55 years old. Diagnosed in April of 2011 with stage IIB esophageal cancer. Chemo and radiation started in May of this year. 4 chemo treatments with 5f-u and cysplatin. Laparascopic esophagectomy on August 31, 2011. 12 days in hopsital. Approximately 10 days ago, he began having terrible nausea and cough. Brings up either white foamy mucous or brownish gastric fluid. Hospitalized Sept. 27, 28, and 29 for failure to thrive and dehydration. While in hospital, endoscopy performed with normal results. PET scan shows no cancer. Lab found no cancer cells in tissue removed during esophagectomy. J tube feeding of peptamen 1.5 four cans per feeding. Running feeding at 55 to 6o mls per hour due to he does not tolerate feeding at faster rates. drinking water well. does not tolerate much by mouth.any answers for nausea. Surgeon states that he may have to "grow" out of it.
Welcome to the gastroenterology community! I would recommend that you talk to your doctor about possible medications to treat the nausea. There are many medications that help nausea (such as zofran). The nausea may be caused by the chemo which should go away when he is finished with chemo.
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