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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 67 year old sister-in-law has Stage IV lung cancer. She was diagnosed Sept 1, and they surgically removed spot left lung, met on right lung, and couldn't remove met lymph node adhered to artery on trach wall. She has endured 4 weeks of chemo and 14 days out of the 28 days of radiation. She has had the usual projectile vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, and anemia. She just experienced a LONG ribbon-like white stringy substance wrapped around a bowel movement last weekend. She has not had a bowel movement for 4 days since. What is this new side effect? It wasn't moving to indicate tape-worm, could it be bile duct problem?
Doctor :   Hiu,
Doctor :  
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Please give me a minute to read your post
User :   No problem. Thank you...
User :   And is now having difficulty swallowing. She also experienced SEVERE heartburn and is now on a strong GERD medicine.
Doctor :   How long was the ribbon like structure ?
User :   She said the whole bowel movement was wrapped in it and the stringy substance was about 9 inches long, straight, flat noodle-like
User :   A smaller one passed shortly afterwards as well....maybe 3 inches.
Doctor :   it would be a tape worm
User :   I thought so, but she said it wasn't moving. Probably because radiation killed it off??
Doctor :   and they die as a result of chemotherapy
User :   Ahhhh, thanks.
Doctor :   radiation also has a killing effect on them
User :   She isn't asking doc for prognosis...she is a very simple woman. I am a voracious reader and this doesn't sound good since they couldn't get the lymph node that is adhered to the artery on trach wall....hence, the cancer's food supply.
User :   Are tapeworms cause and effect of anemia? how do tapeworms come about in the human body?
Doctor :   yes , they are the main cause amongst worm infestations to cause anaemia
User :   Thanks.
Doctor :   they gain entry into the body via food in the form of cysts ( eggs)
Doctor :   or even in the form of larvae ( young ones) through undercooked food
User :   My mother died at 75 years of age from lung cancer, and she vomited white stringy substances EVERY day.....long and stringy and sometimes she couldn't catch her breath. I assume that would be the bile?
Doctor :   some times the worms can be thrown out through the vomitus too
User :   This sister-in-law has Hep C and has had Inteferon and another drug starting with "A"...she already has a compromised immune system.
Doctor :   bil vomitus will be green in color
User :   My mom's was opaque and thick
User :   My sister-in-laws bowel was wrapped in white....I think she did say she vomited green a couple of times, causing her already compromised throat to burn.
Doctor :   there are many diffrent species in the worms
User :   Okay.
Doctor :   yes, bile can do that
User :   Because my mom died shortly after the bile experiences, is this a possible symptom of end-stage for my sister-in-law?
Doctor :   no,
User :   Okay.
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   No. You have helped immensely. Thank you.
User :   I really appreciate you being there!!
User :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   bye
Doctor :   take care
User :   bye
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