One morning, when she was about to wear her swimming suit for her regular event at the swimming pool, Teresa felt a lump on her chest. It is been a year since she lives both with her husband and with Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, center where she receives treatment against cancer. “We are a threesome”, she laughs.

Teresa is 67 years old. Over the last months she has had up and downs, but thanks to her strong vitality, together with her family support, everything has been much easier “I accept it with resignation and with a little bit of humor. It’s like it has nothing to do with me. When I am having a bad time, I need to hold on”.

After six sessions of chemotherapy, something surprised her: a diagnostic test revealed the presence of four plungers in the lungs, a pulmonary embolism. “I was stunned”.

“I was angry. Why is this happening to me now? What else can appear? I am just like Pandora’s box”. Cancer is one of the most relevant risk factors for the development of thromboembolic disease, venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. However, the recurrence of the coincidence of both diseases is not always explained to cancer patients.

A diagnostic test revealed the presence of four plungers in the lungs, a pulmonary embolism. “I was stunned”


“I had felt a small chocking sensation before the diagnosis of the embolism, but nothing important. I do not like to worry people”. Many times pulmonary embolism does not show symptoms. The close follow-up that Teresa had because of her cancer helped to set the alarm and now she has added low molecular weight heparin to her treatment. “I don’t like it at all, it’s like commit hara-kiri”.

Every night she has an injection on her abdomen. “At hospital they showed me how to do it, although they could have done it better”. She should follow this routine for six months, waiting for the plunges to break and her lungs circulation recovers normality.

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