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Can Terminal Cancer Go Into Remission
Yes: It depends on the type of cancer. "terminal" usually means stage 4 cancer that has spread throughout the body. Cancers can be thought of as "solid" tumors (cancer of the breast, lung, liver, colon, etc.) or "liquid" tumors (leukemias and lymphomas). Solid tumors that are stage 4 may go into remission but almost always come back. Liquid tumors that are stage 4 can often be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Terminal cancer - will I know when i'm in my last few mins, or just go to sleep unaware then stop breathing?
Terminal = death...: If a person's disease (cancer) is described by a healthcare professional as being "terminal", that means that the person would be expected to die from his/her disease. A "non terminal" cancer is one in which death from disease is not predicted. ...Read more
Emotional support: True terminal cancer is unrelated to the size of a tumor. Rather byproducts such as tumor necrosis factor cause symptoms of anorexia and cachexia with muscle loss and inability to function. End organ failure ensues with liver and kidney function rapidly diminishing causing inability to ambulate properly. This is seen in metastatic pancreatic cancer and advanced metastatic lesions to liver ...Read more
Depends on the type: Of cancer. Common symptoms are pain, weakness, depression, loss of apetite despite losing weight, swelling at the site of the tumor, may be nausea, vomiting diarrhea, paralysis, difficulty breathing and lack of sleep etc. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17060255. ...Read more
Ask his/her doctor: Depends on many factors, including type of stage 4 cancer, current overall health, functional status, ongoing palliative treatments including palliative chemotherapy, and so on. His/her doctors (including a hospice or palliative doctor) could give an average estimate and tell you how likely that estimate would apply to that person's situation. ...Read more
Sorry 2 hear: If he/she is truly terminal, your friend will die. I'm not trying to be funny as this is a very sad situation, but the process of dying varies a lot depending on the cancer, the organs involved, and the patient's general health. Your friend needs companionship without smothering and needs someone who will stand by him/her even if they take a treatment course you disagree with. God bless. ...Read more
Varies: It depends on a variety of factors including overall health, treatment options available (including chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) and if being pursued or not. Symptoms could be from treatments or from the cancer or both. Some might start within days of diagnosis, some months, and others years with "terminal" cancer. For symptom likelihood/timing ask your oncologist or palliative care teams. ...Read more
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