People pity and whisper the word cancer as it is truly deadly and scary. A common man cannot afford to get treated at a private hospital as the medicines are costly along with the room rent, investigation and other charges. On the other hand, the government hospitals slow the process.
You have to find a private doctor, a genuine soul who treats the patient with concern. One such doctor will give you strength to fight back but not the one who scares the patient to death.
Pneumonia immediately after chemotherapy, is too severe for a cancer patient. With the highly compromised immune system, the bacteria or virus takes control and infects the patient with severe symptoms of the disease. Till the blood tests confirm the type of bacteria or virus, the patient is treated with pain killers and heavy antibiotics.
Pnuemonia, Chest infection
X-Ray shows slow recovery after treating with antibiotics
Severity of Fever and Cough
The patient will run high temperature as 103 °F with unbearable body pain. The cough will be too severe that you can find traces of blood in the sputum. Unless treated immediately, it will be fatal. The mental condition becomes worse as the patient starts hallucinating and moaning in pain. Even the strongest will start crying over the unbearable pain and discomfort.
Most of the nurses enquire whether the patient has urinated if the fever does not subside. Once the patient flushes out the bacteria through urine, the fever breaks. That is the most miserable moment for the patient who lays helpless on the bed having mixed emotions about the disease and death.
Slow and Steady
The doctor will immediately stop the chemotherapy and put the patient on antibiotics and immunotherapy. The team will monitor the patient for any adverse effects through repeated blood tests and chest x-ray. It may take atleast ten days to recover and be ready for the next chemo dose.
You must be very careful with the food you cook for the patient. Any food that is boiled or steamed for atleast twenty minutes is advisable to avoid infection. Even fruits should be soaked and washed in hot water.
Love and Care
Not only the immune system is weak but also the self is broken and miserable. You must ensure that the patient is treated with love and utmost care since they feel insecured and behave like a child.
Even very low dose of Chemotherapy is so toxic that it starts killing the fast-growing cancer cells as well as the good cells, thereby reducing the immunity to fight against infection. Once the White Blood Corpuscle (WBC) count goes down, out of the blue, the patient gets infected with Pneumonia and runs high temperature as 103°F. This fever with sever cough may become fatal unless treated with heavy antibiotics. The symptoms include:
Chest pain due to sever cough
Blood in sputum
The patient becomes so helpless and starts hallucinating. It becomes a nightmare for the family members till the fever breaks as soon as the patient flushes out the virus through urine.
You may wonder how the patient got infected inspite of taking safety measures such as:
Sanitizing hands frequently
Eating food that is boiled for minimum 20 minutes
Using mouth wash
Staying away from infected people
A common man might not be aware that viruses exist within the body in dormant condition. Those viruses reactive due to low immunity and starts infecting the weak body.
Even though the fever breaks down, the patient will have to take a chest X-ray and sputum test to confirm the type of virus to be treated. Mostly Pneumonia affects the compromised immunity.
If the cancer patient is infected, the patient will be too vulnerable to undergo Chemotherapy till there is a complete recovery. So there will be a delay in the chemo cycle.
When you show symptoms of coronary heart disease, followed by electrocardiogram (ECG) test, you will be suggested for a coronary angiogram.
Once the blood results confirm low Hemoglobin (Hb), the Doctors try to find the underlying condition. It becomes impossible to treat the coronary heart disease as it may lead to blood loss risking the patient’s life. Most of us think it is the fatty deposits or blocks in the coronary arteries that cause heart attack. Nope!
We are ignorant of the fact that persistent reduction in Hb in blood also may lead to heart failure.
The key factors for reduction in Hb may be any one of the factors but not limited to the list:
When a Doctor informs you that there is an M spike in blood, you may scratch your head hearing the medical term for the first time. Its a silent warning! M spike or M protein is the abnormal protein that doesn’t fight disease or infection. These abnormal plasma cells build up in the bone marrow, thickening the blood, thereby leading to complications such as Pancytopenia, lesions on the bones, bone fractures deteriorating the patient’s health slowly. A series of medical tests such as urine, complete blood count, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy including Serum Protein Electrophoresis are recommended as preliminary tests to confirm plasma cell neoplasms. If untreated, you put your beloved to suffer and die eventually.
Plasma cell neoplasm that sounds Greek and Latin to a common man is a disease that makes too many plasma cells in blood. This is confused with Anemia which is not so alarming as the former. The warning symptoms include:
Very pale skin due to insufficient Hemoglobin (≤88 g/dL)
Weakness that leads to suffocation or shortness of breath
Shoulder, chest pain and heart attack
The normal plasma cells make antibodies to fight disease but the abnormal plasma cells produce an antibody protein, called M protein which does not fight disease. This in turn builds up in the bone marrow, causing the blood to thicken which may affect the kidney and other organs. These abnormal plasma cells may be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Mostly, the elderly people suffer from plasma cell neoplasms. Medical tests that examine the blood, bone marrow, and urine detect the underlying conditions.
The Staphylococcus Infection is one of the indications of Compromised Immune Systems. Once these results confirm the disease, medication alone does not help but intensive care keeps your beloved positive and happy.