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A 56-year-old male asked:

Father 90, should go for 6 hr surgery of cheek tumor, (suffered heart attack in past and now need angiced on and off) or should he go for hospice?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Impossible to answer: Can't answer this complicated question here. He needs consideration by people that know him including physician and family. If surgery is desired, he may need cardiovascular clearance given his history.
Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Decision : The decision to go into hospice is far beyond the scope o this app . You would be well advised to sit down with a trusted physician and go over the options.
Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 43 years experience
Consider: Risk of sx is high and at 90 god bless him to his what ever life left for him consult with e the father what he wants die peacefully of risk of death and trauma of sx and the way what and where is the tumor if he has all normal mental function ask him what he want - if i were in your position i will consult hospice if dad is for it.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Mohs' surgery?: If this is just a simple surgery for basal cell carcinoma on the skin of his cheek, then by all means encourage him to do it. (it's his choice.) my dad danced through it at age 91. If it's heavy-duty resection of a deep cancer in the mouth, have him review his options, including surgery and radiation. I'd want aggressive treatment as i'll be more comfortable later, but it's his call.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Great answer! I agree 100%
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Do the surgery: Very difficult dilemma. I assume there is cancer involved. Without surgery he will suffer and with surgery he faces risks. Make the decision jointly with him if he is able to participate. If he cannot participate in the decision making process then hospice is more likely the answer.

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