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Lung Cancer – in Singapore hospital. Get the doctors to help you

Dear Dr Chris,

Currently my mother is hospitalised at NUH in Singapore. Her latest result from the biopsy addendum report suggest: Immunostains show the tumour cells to be positive for AE1/3 and CK7. They are negative for CK20, p40, WT1, ER, PR, Vimentin and CDX2.

Her condition at present is that she is losing a lot of HB (Haemoglobin) and her feet and tummy are swollen.

The doctor in Singapore, suggests that she has a lung cancer. However it was not said when she did the biopsy in November. The report was held back by the Mount E hospital because we did not want to proceed with chemotherapy. Only now we get the addendum report … the doctor mentioned there are patches in the lung.

Current condition:

  1. No pain
  2. Easy to fall asleep
  3. Tired
  4. Not easy to go to toilet but no pain or  no blood.
  5. Appetite is not too good, however, if there are variety of food, eat a bit better
  6. No bleeding
  7. No problem with digestive, however, after taking antibiotic there is a little gastric problem. Blood sugar is high 16 – 19. Taking insulin at the moment. Low blood pressure.
  8. Not so much going to toilet, no pain and no blood
  9. No cough.

10.There was time when she had trouble breathing, after blood transfusion in Jakarta twice. But since in Singapore, she didn’t have problem breathing. Also, her breath is shallow. I asked her to breath deeply and she is not really able to do that.

Another note, she lost 10 kgs from Sep 2014 to recently and then she gained 10 kgs in a matter of days (water retention). The doctor in Jakarta tried to pump it out and she lost around 4 kgs. We are still asking questions to the doctor tomorrow on the patches in the lung, whether that is the water retention or something else.

Please kindly advise for appointment to see you. I am not sure how we do this if my mum is very weak at the moment, as she might need to be hospitalised and we are not sure how to move her there. Or is there any way we can have you to be in Singapore? I am just asking all these questions, so that it is easy for us to communicate.

Many thanks to you. Hope to hear from you very soon.

Reply: Just bring your mother home if you don’t want to do chemo … then you can come and see me with all the reports and scan.

Hi Dr Chris

She is having blood transfusion now. My brother reckons that its very hard for her to fly. From Singapore to Penang is closer than from Jakarta to Penang.

The doctor is doing more analysing on the biopsy sample that she had done in November while she is having blood transfusion. Do you think she can still be helped?



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