Some people report difficulty breathing, an inability to get enough oxygen or a feeling of suffocation (also called shortness of breath or dyspnoea). Whatever it feels like, trouble breathing can be a frightening and debilitating symptom for people with advanced cancer and those around them.
Finding out why you are having breathing problems is the first step towards treatment. For instance, a fluid build-up around the lungs may be drained, while oxygen or certain medicines may work against other causes.
Write down what you want to tell you doctor:
Write down what you want to ask your doctor:
Depending on what is causing your breathlessness, you may find some relief in:
Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.Last updated 30 August 2015