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The Ins & Outs of Pulmonary Function Testing

Once you are diagnosed with blood cancer, you will likely to need to go through a series of tests to make sure that your body can withstand the harsh chemicals that are set to heal your body. Some chemo concoctions have very specific side effects like heart problems or lung issues.

Pictured here I am completing a Pulmonary Functions Test (PFT). By the name of it you can guess that this tests my lung function because the chemo Bleomycin may cause lung damage. Along with a PFT, my heart was tested via an echocardiogram and I also needed a bone marrow biopsy, to be sure that my cancer didn’t spread to my bones.

Check out my video below!

Because I filmed my entire journey of diagnosis and treatment, I decided to share a video about PFTs where I incorporated some old video of myself from my treatment, as I went through a PFT!

Have you ever had a PFT? Was your experience similar or different to mine? Share in the comments below!

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  • Ann Harper moderator
    9 months ago

    My daughter had to have a PFT also because of the same chem medicine. Its too bad that something hoping to cure you, can hurt you so much. Thanks for sharing.

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    9 months ago

    I know.. hopefully with current research they will find more treatments that can cure you without these long term side effects!

  • CindyC moderator
    1 year ago

    My PFT was very similar to yours. I had to done prior to my autologous stem cell transplant for myeloma. I felt a little claustrophobic in the booth. Although it didn’t hurt I remember not liking this test. It was done 10 years ago so I don’t remember many specifics, just that I felt uncomfortable during the test.

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    9 months ago

    Did they also take a blood sample from your artery? I think that was the most painful part for me.

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