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Doppydan
Doppydan

Surgery by vats to remove tumor top right lobe still have problems swallowing and hiccups any body else had problems thank you

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RoyCastleHelpline
RoyCastleHelplineAdministrator

Sorry to hear you have had lung surgery for a tumour. You did not say how long ago your surgery was, but for some swallowing can be difficult for awhile but resolves with time. If the swallowing is stopping you eat or has increased or changed in anyway, do discuss this with either your GP or specialist and to have this re assessed.

Hiccups can be quite uncomfortable and uncommon to have post lung surgery. This link below will provide some information on how to manage this from Cancer research UK: cancerresearchuk.org/about-...

There are a few drugs (Chlorpromazine, Metocolopromide or Haloperidol) that can sometimes help with hiccups, which would need to be prescribed by your doctor if this is suitable for you to have.

If there is anything else you would like to discuss you can either email us at lungcancerhelp@roycastle.org or call our freephone nurse led helpline number on 0800 358 7200

Kind regards

The Roy Castle Support Team

RoyCastleHelpline
RoyCastleHelplineAdministrator

Hi Doppydan

You may find this information from Cancer Research UK on how to manage problems with swallowing:

cancerresearchuk.org/about-....

Kind regards

The Roy Castle Support Team

Have you mentioned this to your nurse or clinical team? One of my symptoms was difficulty swallowing and feeling as if I had glass in my throat.... my lobectomy was in Dec 2010. I recovered well initially but in the last few years have had several chest infections resulting in investigations including bronchoscopies. Last year after a lot of tests and investigations I was told I have dysfunctional breathing and vocal cord dysfunction which could be impacting my breathing/swallowing so now having respiratory physio to relearn how to breathe correctly. Best to get checked out by your own team - don't wait for your appointment - give them a call and explain what you're experiencing. good luck.

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