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Kidney removed due to cancer, metastasized to lungs, suspicion of pneumonia, has stomach problems, breathing difficulty, in ICU. How serious is this?

My sister is in ICU right now...... she had a kidney removed because of cancer spread to her lungs......she is in ICU because they think it is phuenmonia......she has been coughing for the last several months which they said was from the oral chemo she has been on. About 1 or 2 weeks ago she started having stomach problems and was told to stop her meds for 5 to 6 days. She no sooner went off of them when she became weak, hard time breathing and ended up in ER, then ICU. She is still in the hospital, now with a serious is this?????
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
Renal cell carcinoma spread by inferior vena cava and inferior vena cava drains blood from lower limbs and blood goes fromright sided heart to lungs.
So there may be two possibilites : Metastasis and pneumonia.
With spread of cancer, there is decreased immunity and chemotherapy also decrease the immunity, so there is risk of pneumonia.
Spread may also cause metastasis in lungs.
As she is on ventilator and it indicates is not a good condition.
Prognosis of renal cell carcinoma after spread is also not good.
God blees her,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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