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does hospice kill patients

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dow
21 years experience Family Medicine
No: No but near the end of life, the disease process or dying process may essentially keep the individual confined though either because of symptoms or me ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Su
Dr. Tony Su answered
32 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
You decide when : Hospice focuses on treating symptoms and proving comfort care in patient who are terminally ill or have failed to respond to treatment or have decline ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Hospice help: Hospice patients get palliative treatment, i.e., they are made as comfortable as possible. The do not receive the standard cancer treatments because ... Read More
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Patient comfortable?: Givng .40 ml of morphine is 20 percent less medication than .50 ml. I don't think this would matter much, as long as the patient is comfortable. But i ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
Many types : There are many types of t cell lymphoma. Some types are very slow growing, treatable but not curable..Patients can live for decades. Other types are m ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: Different types of brain cancers proceed at different rates. Some may last years, others may kill in months.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Usually expectation : For hospice is less than 6 months of life. Have seen patients "kicked out" for not deteriorating fast enough, but usually the palliative team is brou ... Read More
A 90-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janice Alexander
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No good treatment: To be honest, there is no good treatment for either lewy body dementia or end stage ovarian cancer. If this were my mom, i would keep her in hospice, ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
38 years experience Family Medicine
Hospice care: Difficult to say because the length of time someone with a terminal illness will live can't be known with certainty. Hospice care is an option o ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
It helps to have: Enlightened physicians, caring nurses, and families that do not like to see their loved one suffer. It is a willingness to listen to benefits and liab ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Quite short: Severe advanced COPD - unfortunately survival is probably less than five years.
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A 78-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Maffezzoli
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: No but life can be prolonged with chemo and radiation. Each patient response to treatment will be different and also depend on the tumor type.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Brockenbrough
48 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It varies: It would depend on where it has spread and what kind it is. Also, the patients nutrition would factor in also. Remember, it is not how far your are fr ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Pneumonia is #1: After pneumonia, the causes of death are often related to other health conditions such as heart disease, strokes and cancer. Most types of dementia do ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Every case: Is different. Median 8 - 12 months.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Comfort.: In the setting of hospice, morphine both reduces respiratory drive, reducing shortness of breath, while also reducing the brain's recognition of even ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Teresa Iribarren
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Organ failure.: Erdheim-chester disease is a rare disorder in which cells called histiocytes accumulate in the loose connective tissue of the organs. It causes the ti ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Ask your oncologist: For the latest data available. They will know but it can always come back.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
25 years experience Medical Oncology
Maybe: A positive attitude is just as important to treatment as is the treatment in my opinion. I think the body recovers faster if hope is not lost.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
God only knows : Depends on the kind of cancer, how aggressive it behaves, which organs it involves, how healthy (or sick) is the patient, and many other factors. The ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Hemodialysis hurting: Once a patient is placed on dialysis, there usually is no pain. Patients may experience some pain when the needles (n) are placed in the vascular acce ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
It depends: With the exception of hypothermia (cold exposure) and certain drowning situations, CPR is successful in less than 25% of cases.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Chaulmoogra Oil: Chaulmoogra oil contains hydnocarpic acide & chaulmoogric acid which both have antibacterial effects. Chaulmoogra oil was injected into people with e ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Briefly: Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding, metastasis and serious problems . Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Care: Hospice changes the goal from cure to care. They focus on your symptoms and quality of life.
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