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Recovery from lung lobectomy ( lower left)

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Hi. I had surgery 3 weeks ago today for removal of lung lobe containing tumour. At first on returning home on day 4 I seemed to make good progress. I was walking and climbing stairs doing my breathing exercises and arm exercises etc however I was not getting much sleep and in all lost around 8 nights sleep. 4 days ago I almost fainted on going into shower and had very weepy shaky episode. Since then I seem to have gone backwards in my progress though Ihave slept a lot. I seem to be resting more than I was and not getting the distances in walking I was. Breathing seems more difficult but weather was oppressive and close over those days. Just wondering if this is normal recovery I am 74 year old woman. 

Mandy - Macmillan
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Thanks for getting in touch.  It sounds like you’re having a difficult time right now. And it’s only natural to have lots of questions about your recovery and what is normal.

It’s worrying that you had an episode in the shower when you felt faint.  I would strongly suggest you contact your GP or treatment team urgently so they can assess you.  

Everyone recovers at different rates post-surgery. You have been doing all the right things and keeping active is one of the most important things to do.  You sound absolutely exhausted and there is nothing wrong with feeling weepy.  Your have been through a lot physically and emotionally and your body needs time to recover fully.

The Roy Castle Lung foundation have produced a ‘Living with lung cancer’ booklet which gives advice on life after surgery and tips to help look after yourself.

I noticed from your activity you have joined the Lung Cancer group.  Sometimes the support of others going through a similar experience can massively help.

Good luck with the rest of your recovery. Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.  It may help to able to talk some of this through. You could call our Support Line on 0808-808-0000 and talk to one of our nurses.  We are open every day 8am till 8pm.


Take care,

Mandy Geddes

Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.