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Stomach cancer, breast cancer, fluid in lungs. Prognosis and life expectancy?

Hi Dr., My aunt is in the hospital right now because cancer is pretty much suffocating her. She started out having it only in her breasts now she has it pretty much around most of her body (recently found in her stomach ). However, oddly enough she wasn t admitted because of her cancer, it was because she had fluid in her lungs. Did this happen because of cancer? The doctors are saying she is in horrible condition and may not even last long....
Asked On : Wed, 20 Jun 2012
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Thank you for getting in touch with us. As I see, you aunt is suffering from breast cancer which has spread to various parts of the body. If treatment is delayed for any kind of malginant cancer, it usually starts spreading to the lymph nodes and other parts of the therapy. Therefore, treatment is started as soon as the diagnosis is made and sometimes even with a provisional diagnosis in hand. Sometimes, even the medicines which are used in chemotherapy have many side effects and can lead to severe morbidity. One of them is fluid in the lungs. The fluid needs to be eliminated as soon as possible as it can lead to severe complications like infection, inflammation etc. Sometimes that fluid needs to be drained while in some cases, it can be taken care of by medicines. The prognosis for your aunt does not look that good at the moment and you should make sure that you guys provide her full support. Hope this helped.
Dr. Gagandeep Dhillon
Answered: Wed, 20 Jun 2012
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