Patient Comments: Pleural Effusion - Complications

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Comment from: redhat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had ovarian cancer 5 years ago. I had total hysterectomy, gall bladder, and spleen removed. I have been fine until last August I was having trouble breathing. Chest x-ray showed left side was full of fluid. The pleural effusion was drained and then it came back in 3 weeks. It was drained again and sent away for diagnosis. It came back positive for cancer cells. I started chemotherapy again and they put in a surgical tube in right side, drained every other day for 3 months. Then they took the drain out and no more fluid was drained. I had chest x-ray in December which showed a little fluid. June x-ray was better than December. August of this year didn't show any fluid. Although I was told there would always be some. My breathing is good, no shortness of breath and oxygen is around 97-96. I've been having pains in shoulder and ribs, probably arthritis. I'm 77 year old. I try not to worry about it spreading, but the thought is always there.

Comment from: Keith, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 10

My wife, 70 years of age, has pleural effusion from ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy shrank the cancer, she is ready for an operation, and hysterectomy is being planned. Fingers crossed for success.

Comment from: Anu, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I am suffering from chest and back pain which is very sharp (upper body pain). It started after I had flu in the winter. I am suffering with this pain for 6 months. Pain is severe in the evening and night time. It disturbs my sleep. It increases when I do exercise and some other day to day physical activity. I am concerned it is pleural effusion.

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