I had a Pleurodesis on the right side in February but was not successful hence the insertion of the PleurX catheters in March. We have just returned from a holiday in Spain which although caused me some anxiety prior to going, worrying if I would have problems with the catheters, we did have a nice time with no problems.
I am seeing both of my consultants on Thursday to review management of the pleural effusions as I posted earlier and hoping that the Cape will work if that is the plan. Ann
Annemay, I had an operation to remove the infection and to drain the fluid, then had a pleurodesis to stick the pleura together, so the fluid did not collect again. I think there may be a small amount of fluid in pleura but does not affect me. I collect my capecitabine this afternoon . Good luck x
Anneemay, i had pleural effusions earlier in the year which came on whilst i was on capecitibine..it was my second time which probably explains why it didnt work for me but i'm sure it will do you good. They were eager to get me on carboplatin and this, along with pleurodesis, seems to have stabilised me. I have had 6 cycles of carbo now so my onc has taken me off all chemo's which is scary. I am just having 6 weekly denosumab and being monitored. Good luck with the cape. x
Hello Anneemay and Sarah66, I haven't had the problems you have both had, but am on Cape at the moment. Please join us on the Cape thread for tips and advice and a general chat when you both start on it (or before, if you would like to join us early). As Moijan says, it is fairly easy as chemos go (altho still not to be classed as easy!), with relatively few se's if you can get on with it.
Looking forward to "meeting" you both on the Cape thread. In the meantime, please keep well, and best wishes.
Thank you for your best wishes and advice. Ann xx
Hi Sarah did the GemCarbo chemo not work in drying the effusion up? I have pleura,lung and bone mets. also on Exemestane and Denosumab at the moment but as I said in my post probably going on Cape next month. Hopefully it will work and from what I can gather from the forum posts Cape seems to be well tolerated. Ann
have not had pleural effusions. Sounds as if you and hubby managed really well...much better than I would havexx
you mentioned Capecitabine...good luck with that.. i was on it for almost two years and after the first two
months, whilst i sorted the doses a bit, I found it a really nice chemo to be on. My hands were a little red at the fingertips and I needed to be careful as I have lymphoedema, but otherwise,i lookback on that period with gratitude...now im on i/v chemo and tied to a drip 2weeks out of three.
Best wishes, Moijanxx
I had one of those catheters in last year but got an infection in it and it had to be removed. Was draining quite a lot regularly. Had GemCarbo chemo but now just about to go on capecitabine for lung and pleura mets. Hope you do well whichever you decide x
I had bilateral PleurX catheters inserted in March for recurring pleural effusions, unfortunately they are still draining a significant amount so unable to be removed at the moment. Recent CT scan has revealed no disease progression which is good. My oncologist has suggested that oral chemo Cape may help to dry up the effusions but obviously this will come with the price of se. My husband and I have been managing the catheters quite well but I did have a bit of a blip recently when one of them blocked temporarily. This has made me feel more vulnerable and it would be good to get them out. I have a few weeks before I see my oncologist to let her know how I want to proceed and I have got info. on Cape to read but wondered if anyone else has been in a similar situation. Ann