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Do Cancer Patients Keep Burping When They Are About To Die
Hiccups: Can be an annoying problem for patients at end of life due to tumor or other irritation of the diaphragm. Belching or burping is commonly due to excess acid, and usually easier to deal with. I'll put in a plug for hospice - they know about and can help manage these problems, as well as others. ...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
Gerd: This sounds like gastroesophageal reflux. Try avoiding fatty and fried foods, spices, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate. Eat smaller feedings several times daily instead of large meals and go to bed with an empty stomach. If you can take it, prilosec daily should help. See a gastroenterologist if symptoms persist and appropriate tests including a gall bladder check will be ordered. Mylanta helps gas. ...Read more
I've had burping (40 - 50 times a day) for about 6 months now. I'm concerned that it is an early sign of stomach cancer.
Stomach pain aftr food for about 10-20 min. Releif by zantac (ranitidine) & burp. Pain if press on uper abdomin. Year ago endscp nrmal. Hpylori neg. Herd? Ulcer? Cancer?
Gas Pain?: You maybe swallowing air while eating, do you tend to talk while eating? The burp & zantac (ranitidine) seemed to help, but the Burp may have taken pain away. Not enough information. I am a cardiologist. Sometimes abdominal pain can be from the heart - but somewhat unlikely in a 35yo woman, & cardiac pain is not usually relieved with Burp. Try eating slowly and talking between bites and only after swallowing. ...Read more
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
Some do: Some advanced cancers, as a manifestation of advanced disease, secrete a number of hormonal substances that cause a syndrome cause "cachexia". This leads to a severe lack of appetite and weight loss resulting in protein and calorie malnutrition. I don't believe anyone knows what proportion of patients with advanced cancers die in this way as opposed to other complications. ...Read more
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The pain in bladder cancer patients may be cancer-related or others such as DJD, chronic pain somewhere for years / decades. How to treat them largely depends how they respond to and tolerate the pain medications given orally or with injection or epidural anesthesia or. ..
So, ask the treating Doc for individual detail. ...Read more
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For local discomfort from tumor- or procedure-related, some drugs can be used to ease the pain and burning and to improve urine flow. For pain related with distant metastasis, judicious use of narcotics is still the mainstay of care. For detailing, go to ask, talk, and work with the doctors.
Despite getting bladder cancer, it's still keeping on healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence... ...Read more
Can you please tell me about guidelines for physicians for advising a patient that is cancer is terminal?
No: Most people do not develop these complications. In fact, these complications are extremely rare in people who are adequately evaluated and treated at an early stage. We see cirrhosis and liver cancer in people who are usually unaware that have hepatitis b until it is advanced and causes symptoms. This can take decades to occur and may never occur in most people. ...Read more
Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...Read more
Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read more
Will a patient who is suffering from an extremely painful cancer and will certainly die be allowed to die in pain?
Pain not tolerated: In my practice, excessive pain is not tolerated. This is especially true for somebody who has a limited survival. Talk with your doctor about what options are available. ...Read more
Are l-theanine and rhodiola rosea ok together? I was looking on "About Herbs" however is that resource only for cancer patients or any type of patient
Yes: These are safe and if they have any interactions that are known, they will not threaten your health. Use these only as an adjunct. If you are interested in this stuff, get into a relationship with a local, evidence-based holistic practitioner because you're going to have more questions. Best wishes. ...Read more
I'm a vasculitis patient and have been immune suppressed now for 8 years, I'm worried about cancer, and recently been having a lot of sym of ovary can?
Worry isn't helpful: I see that you are on Cyclophosphamide and this matches your vasculitis history. Despite 'pop' wisdom, Cyclophosphamide doesn't cause cancer by suppressing your immune toxicity, but by direct damage to genes. The usual cancers are bladder and acute myelogenous leukemia. Hopefully you get regular pelvic exams with palpation of your ovaries; this is the best screen for ovarian ca. ...Read more
Probably nothing: But this cheap orphan drug, which people have been taking for various things for decades, seems safe enough at low doses. A few cancers that don't do aerobic metabolism well may respond -- there's one interesting very recent paper on myeloma. If you're interested in this, try to get into a study. ...Read more
How much time does a cancerous patient have after cancer reaches head of a person? Are there any predictions about that?
Hi, for a cancer patient that is about at 3rd level going to 4th level, he is always in pain, and what are the foods that can consume?
Depend: Generally anything they like, talk to your oncologist, make sure. Blood count is ok if patient on chemotherapy. Kidney and liver is ok, because if organ problems then diet changes. Eating healthy diet is important, add more veggies fruits. Can always add food suppments such as. Boost ensure with high protein. ...Read more
There are about 15 types of cancer. How many of them can a person be pre-screened for before there is any patient detected pain or visible problem?
15?: There are way more than 15 types of cancer. You can potentially get cancer from every kind of cell or organ that's in your body. There are screening tests for some but not all, which I'm sure you are aware of. Mammography for breast cancer, colonoscopy for colon cancer, annual visual inspection for skin cancer, PAP smears, prostate exams, dental exams for oral cancers, are some that come to mind. ...Read more
What kind of food should we give to 3rd stage cervical cancer patient who is about to undergo radiation?
Low fiber: Radiation treatment for cervical cancer includes treatment of the pelvis. One of the more common symptoms that can develop during treatment is loose stools. Often times a diet high in fiber can make this worse and so we often recommend a low fiber diet. In regards to whether a certain diet can improve the radiation treatment we don't really know the answer to that. ...Read more
Can stomach metaplasia cause a reduction of gastritis symptoms? If so, patient feels better about health, when cancer risk actually *increased*...
Can stomach metaplasia cause a reduction of gastritis symptoms? If so, the patient feels better about health, when cancer risk actually *increased*...
No: Metaplasia of the mucolsal cells of the stomach represents a prevancerous state leading to a malignant ulcer or diffuse areas of carcinoma. Gastritis sympotoms have to do with acid production with benign ulceration and inflammation unrelated to precancer. By having metaplastic cells, these should be carefully examined prior to coversion to cancer which can then invade and spread. ...Read more
What is the quality of life for a late stages stomach cancer patient? Will they be bedridden? What about the pain?
No need to be!:
Your question touched my heart.
Goal: comfort and support. Nutrition, ensure or gastrostomy tube is important. There are muliple medications to control pain: tablets, liquids, patches, injections.
Measures to fight depression. Nursing homes, home health nurses. Family and friends... Faith in god, after-life, smile, good attitude. "stand up" keep the spirit. No bed-ridden till you can't. Thanks. ...Read more
Can you tell me about breast cancer, can an oncologist tell a patient how long a lump has been in their body?
If by lump U mean...: ..Breast cancer, not exactly. You can have an idea based on the appearance of the cancer (aggressive looking or not). Also, if you have previous images of the breast, you may make a rough estimate. It would not change things, though, a patient has what she has. ...Read more
I heard about baking soda, maple syrup or molasses for shrinking tumors& cancer treatment. Is it helpful? Can I use it? I'm stage4 lung cancer patient
What to do if I'm a former breast cancer patient who just found a big lump in breast about size of maybe an avocado pit?
See your oncologist:
please see your oncologist asap (even if you just did or if you just had a negative mammogram). He/she will examine you and order a follow-up imaging exam to make sure you do not have breast cancer again. There is a good chance this is not breast cancer, but you need to rule it out first. You are very young and need genetic testing if you haven't had it. Your oncologist can do this. ...Read more
Liver cancer patient has jaundice, lack of appetite, nausea but still gained about 2 kg in 10 days. What could be the reason?
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