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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 more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Terminal cancer - will I know when I'm in my last few mins, or just go to sleep unaware then stop breathing?
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
Pain control: The doctor who following the patient should give the pain control medicine so they don, t suffer from pain. ...Read more
Prognosis is poor.: Angiosarcomas are very rare and aggressive cancers that spread early. 70% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The tumors are made out of newly-formed blood vessels and stimulated to grow by vegf. New biologic therapies, called monoclonal antibodies, are being developed to target these cancerous blood vessels. Not much is know about these tumors due to their rarity. ...Read more
What are the disadvantages and advantages to terminal cancer patients using morphine to manage pain?
Many: Every patient responds to different opioids differently. Opioids also treat different types of pain with various levels of success, so would check with his/her doctor to see how well might work for the type of pain being treated (bone pain, visceral pain, neuropathic pain, etc.). Common pros are excellent pain relief for common pain syndromes; cons: constipation, temporary nausea, and more. ...Read more
Get help: Assuming your daughter is being treated by a pediatric oncologist, most programs have many specialists to help with this very hard situation. Social workers can be of great help, and child psychologists and palliative care specialists are additional useful resources (in addition to your daughter's oncologist). There is no reason to do this alone. ...Read more
It is by trial and e: Ask the patient and try what is appealing and they wish to eat. It is often by trial and error. But in general starches, pastas and ice creams taste good, yogurt and ice cream are particularly nutritious and should be offered liberally. ...Read more
What happens if doctors gave you 2 years to live from terminal cancer, how would you spend those years?
An opinion: First of all, doctors can often be incorrect on their predictions. Second, if time is short for you, from a practical standpoint, I recommend tying up loose ends such as financial and legal. Most importantly, spend time with those you love and try to enjoy the fun things in life. Throughout this, I recommend receiving medical treatments that allow you to maintain a high quality of life. Take care. ...Read more
When patients develop metastatc cancer or some form of advanced cancer requiring pain control, analgesics like Aspirin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) offer little if any benefit.
It general dilaudid, or a morphine derivative is required. Sometimes localized pain can be obtained by using electrostimulation with a TENS pad or an anesthetic nerve block. ...Read more
Do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?
Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more
Unlikely: High iron is not in any common prognostic database for terminal cancer patients and even these are difficult to apply to an individual patient. High iron might has too many causes in cancer. More predictive is how active the person is, what the appetite is, malnutrition level, immunity level, organ function, and so on. Many, many, other items to factor. If not on hospice, get it and ask their md. ...Read more
What are signs / symptoms we should expect as death approaches due to terminal cancer (lymphoma) what does fuzzy sight n burning feeling in face mean?
Seems like cns: Depending on where in the body the lymphoma is located and affectingly things can occur. If the bone marrow is affected then blood counts and immune system will suffer. If brain or spine are affected headaches, vision issues, fatigue can all occur. If other organs r involved like liver or lungs then digestion or breathing can be issue. Mostly extreme fatigue, infection, organ failure are at end. ...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
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
Always hope: Different cancers often have very different survival rates. The type of cancer and it's stage have a strong influence on survival. Though some cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, have very small 5 year survival rates... there are still some survivors. I do not know of any cancer that is 100% fatal. I don't want to give unrealistic expectations, but it can be good to know survival is possible. ...Read more
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