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Diagnosed with larynges cancer. Difficulty breathing. When will it close breathing pipes?

My husband was diagnosed with stage 3 laryng cancer on August 2nd, 2011. He refused radio/ chemo . Now is September 2012 and his cancer progressed badly. Breathing and eating are difficult for him. He doesn t have pain because he takes Lypo-Sphericâ„¢ Vitamin C , 12 packets every day. However now refused to have breathing and nutrition tubes to be installed in his body. My question is - without tubes for breathing and eating how the death usually occured when tumor will close breating pipes in his throat? Will it be quick? slow? painful? not painful? Thank you for the responce.
Asked On : Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to Healthcare magic.Thank you for the query.
I am sorry about his serious diagnosis. It is always hard to predict but without medical support this could happen in next 1-3 months. He will must be intubated sooner or later. This is very dangerous diagnosis, and respiratory obstruction usually develops slowly through several weeks. It wont be painful but it will be unpleasant in late phase when he will have conbstant choking. I am sure you can find enough strength to go through all this.
Wish you good health. Regards
Answered: Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Venkat Narayana Badipatla's  Response

I had gone through your husband's problem. For his laryngeal cancer he needs radiation. But you wrote that his breathing and eating are difficult. without food he may survive for few more days but if he lands up in complete obstruction of the airway passage, he may not survive. probably in days only. But you can make his death peaceful if you can motivate him for tracheostomy (making an artificial hole in the airway and placing a tube for breathing).

good luck
Answered: Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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