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A 30-year-old female asked:

My grandfather has lung cancer and has it in his heart. he hasnt been making a lot of sense and has been falling alot. the hospice nurse took him off diuretic meds.about how long does he have? i live in a different state and would like to be there?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not sure.: Doctors not good at predicting end of life except within last 72 hours. If on hospice someone has certified that they thought he had less than 6 months to live, but we sometimes have patients who graduate from hospice! if diuretics were keeping him from being in heart failure, he may not have long. When patients stop eating/ drinking they usually don't last a week. Ask the nurse.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends: It is very hard to say, may be any day now or may be several weeks. The hospice nurse should alert you when he starts slipping into a coma, then it will be close. Good luck!
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Last updated Feb 26, 2021


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