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My dad who has cancer needs to travel to the uk for

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my dad who has cancer needs to travel to the uk for treatment. unfortunately he has fluid in his lungs. His flight is 7 hours long. Can he travel?

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

how bad is the fluid?

what is his oxygen level?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The scans show half the outer membrane of the lung is covered in fluid. His oxygen level is 98%

I think he is okay to fly

that should be fine

but I would fly with oxygen

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
very helpful. What could happen - the worst case scenario?

The worst case scenario is that he could have respiratory failure on the plane.

Doubtful though with an oxygen of 98% and supplemental oxygen on standby

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The local doctors have suggested fluid drainage. But we are concerned that fulid drainage can cause the cancer cells to spread to his lungs. He already has bones and liver matastases. Whats' you opinion?

No chance.

The fluid needs drained

it is already spread.

It can't spread any more