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My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer 12 months ago. She also has COPD and Emphysema. Originally she was given chemotherapy and then immunotherapy. It appears that the immunotherapy has cause further damage to her lungs and treatment has ceased. She has been admitted to hospital twice due to infection. However she is now being looked after at home by my step father. She is not eating or drinking much and gets breathless easily. Oxygen is available when required although in just one week she is relying on it much more. A Macmillan nurse is available to her as is a district nurse. I feel that they could do with more support but step dad isn't asking for it. Mum is also now coughing up blood. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you
Hi Panda 68,
Thanks for getting in touch with us.
It’s not unusual that carers find it difficult to ask for more help, as they often feel that they can manage. They sometimes feel that they should be able to cope. From what you’re saying it sounds as if you’re right and your mum could be doing with more support.
There are many reasons why someone could be coughing up blood If you haven’t already called your mum’s GP, then we would advise that you give them a call today as it sounds as if your mum needs assessed.
Her GP will assess her, and they will be able to organise extra support from other health and social care professionals.
If you can’t speak to your mum’s GP you can call 111 for support and advise.
Or 999 for an ambulance if she starts to cough up a lot of blood or if her breathing is getting worse.
Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.
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