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my dad died Wednesday from Squamous cell cancer. Although what

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my dad died Wednesday from Squamous cell cancer. Although what actually happened was he had an embolism burst the blood came through his mouth and nose. the gp we collected the cause of death from would explain what/how it happened only to say it was common for lung cancer. should we not have been told that was a possibility? can u explain what happened I was there and think it would help to understand. could I have done anythig
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
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Not only for lung cancers but squamous cell carcinomas affecting any part of the body can erode in to neighbouring structures like blood vessels,cavities, viscera etc.

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Squamous cell cancers have a tendency to invade locally and cause destruction of any tissue that lies adjacent to them. Invasion and erosion is how they spread.

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In your fathers case, since the tumor was in the lung, it was naturally surrounded by a rich vascular supply and airway tracts.

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So, erosion in to a blood vessel, caused the blood vessel to bleed and that blood then filled the airway.

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I am really sorry for your loss.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

did he drown in the blood or was it the huge loss of blood that killed him? could I have done anything to help? and shouldn't someone have told us that was a possibility

Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
Hi and thanks for replying.
In such a case, drowning in the blood occurs long before there is significant blood loss, so the cause of the death was aspiration - in other words drowning in the blood rather than blood loss.
There isn't anything you could have done. This would have required a huge effort on part of the Emergency Services and an event like this has a very high mortality rate.
Although, these events are unprecedented and sudden and occur without warning but yes, it is a possibility and as the tumor grows, oncologists or physicians taking care of such patients should make the care takers or immediate family members aware of these events.
Diabetes-related nerve damage that blunts heart pain may explain why symptoms aren't noticed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

what sort of symptons could there have been

Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
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