Doctor insights on: Cancer patients last days

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Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) used for last days of cancer patient?

Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) used for last days of cancer patient?

Yes, it can be: Some patients have great restlessness and agitation at the end of life. Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is among the medicines that can be helpful in such palliative care situations. Http://tinyurl. Com/lo7p272 it can also be used for persistent hiccups that are extremely troublesome for people whose cancers are irritating their diaphragms. Http://tinyurl. Com/mrn4zga. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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What is the life expectency of prostrate cancer patient with metastasis. Orchiechtomy is done and in last 3 months the psa went down from <100 to 21?

What is the life expectency of prostrate cancer patient with metastasis. Orchiechtomy is done and in last 3 months the psa went down from <100 to 21?

Possibly years.: The lower the psa gets, the better. Ultimately, orchiectomy will fail. There are multiple new agents available to treat metyastatic prostate cancer which may help the patient for a long time. ...Read more

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Are liver enzym rdngs (ALT 99 U/L lab nrml 10-50 and AST 89 U/L lab nrml10-50) alarming in a liver cancer patient? Last results were 62 & 57 respctvly

Are liver enzym rdngs (ALT 99 U/L lab nrml 10-50 and AST 89 U/L lab nrml10-50) alarming in a liver cancer patient? Last results were 62 & 57 respctvly

Yes: Rising above normal is concerning, but this is a very small rise for liver cancer. Fever, alcohol, indolent hepatitis (esp C) and other meds can cause this. I have seen these levels in the hundreds of thousands in liver cancer patients ...Read more

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How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

Your Oncologist can: This is a broad question. There are many anticancer drugs that are used to slow cancer cell growth. But they vary in their effectiveness depending on which organ is the source of cancer. Not knowing the details of the history I can not be any more specific. Please pose this question to the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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We have a 65 year old male cancer patient with the hiccups for days. How can we stop them?

We have a 65 year old male cancer patient with the hiccups for days. How can we stop them?

Find out cause: My first advice would be to find out the cause. Hiccups can be related to any type of irritation of the diaphgram, including tumor growth or metastasis. You can also get hiccups from a pleural effusion. If you can't find the cause, then I have used low-dose Chlorpromazine at a dose of 25 mg by mouth 3-4 times per day to be effective. This medication can have other serious side effects. ...Read more

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When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

No way...: ...In God's creation I could know that. I hope someone took her to the hospital. Fainting spells with or without cancer need to be evaluated and one in which the patient is out "for days" sounds particularly serious. ...Read more

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Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

So sorry: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The mortality of pancreatic ca is very high and if the patient cannot tolerate oral medications then there is no other option but to stop the medications. ...Read more

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Liver cancer patient has jaundice, lack of appetite, nausea but still gained about 2 kg in 10 days. What could be the reason?

Liver cancer patient has jaundice, lack of appetite, nausea but still gained about 2 kg in 10 days. What could be the reason?

Retaining fluid: Both increased tissue fluid and ascites are common in this situation and can accumulate fast. If the person is nt eating much, this is your reason ...Read more

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Do cancer patients die of pain?

Do cancer patients die of pain?

No!: We can't always cure cancer, but we can always treat pain. Cancer patients should never suffer from pain. We can block nerves that carry pain signals, use medications, and even implant spinal cord stimulators to control pain. Cancer patients die for many reasons, but not from pain. If you are suffering from cancer pain, ask your doctor for relief. And don't stop asking until you are comfortable! ...Read more

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What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely.

Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. ...Read more

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How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early. ..Before the end is near. ...Read more

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How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

Getting better: About 2, 500 children die each year in the usa because of cancer, which is a huge improvement compared to a few decades ago. ...Read more

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Which things do cancer patients needs from loved ones?

Which things do cancer patients needs from loved ones?

Cancer: Love, compassion, tolerance, and most important empathic listening, being able to understand the unique experience of the person suffering without trying to fix or judge. Also helping the person live life despite cancer. Helping the person to participate in life as much as possible. ...Read more

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Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Sun Yun-cai: Sun yun-cai is a master of guo lin qigong. She previously taught in beijing. She is a cancer survivor. Check out this site: http://www. Guolinqigongto. Ca/en_master_sun. Php. ...Read more

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What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

Context is key: I'll let you find the "sick" / counterphobic jokes on your own. The greatness of the human spirit is shown, among other ways, in our ability to find a smile (not ridicule) even in the most difficult situations. Sandra miniere's "lighter side of cancer" is a model for staying brave, upbeat, and cherishing life. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

ABSOLUTELY: Unless they're actively undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, there's no reason cancer patients shouldn't travel. They should live they life they want to live, so, if this pertains to you, get on out there! Good luck. ...Read more