1. A 19-year-old teenager diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer says he feels “fantastic” after coughing up a tumour.
Stephen Sutton posted a message on his Facebook page on Sunday describing how a coughing fit resulted in him clearing some of the pressure on his collapsed right lung.
2. Writing to his 450,000 followers, the teenager said:
Amongst frantic hand pointing and panicking I felt like I was like suffocating. Then I forced out an oval red stained solid object through my mouth.
My breathing and airway straight away felt clearer, but I spent the next hour violently coughing and choking, but then eventually my breathing once again stabilised.
Since then, my breathing has dramatically improved. I’m really stuck for the words of how to describe it. Throughout the night my throat was pretty sore but my 02 and other saturation levels are great. This morning I am relying on NO external oxygen to breath at all and I’m feeling bloody fantastic!!
3. Sutton said his doctors had discussed what happened and the only plausible conclusion was he had “literally coughed up a tumour (probably along with bits of infection etc) that was blocking my airway”.
A subsequent X-ray showed his right lung had also inflated slightly.
4. The 19-year-old added in his Facebook post:
My lungs are still pretty messy with other tumours, clots and potential infections/inflammations/etc affecting my overall condition but, for now at least, I am in a good stable state. I have no immediate problems and in fact feel better than I did when I first came into hospital last Sunday!
The general oncologist and team I’ve been seeing will discuss the events with my professor in the morning and we will see where we go from there.. It’s still a case of taking each day as it comes, but at the moment the days just keep on coming!!