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Does Hospice Kill Patients
Many types : There are many types of t cell lymphoma. Some types are very slow growing, treatable but not curable..Patients can live for decades. Other types are much more aggressive. Some are highly treatable and even can be cured while others are quite difficult to get into remission. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All hospices deliver a similar set of services. They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the ...Read more
No right answer: The life span of a patient in hospice is as variable as the medical conditions that have put the patient there. I have seen patients live for an hour or two after hospice, and there have been those that have lived for months and even past a year. As a rule, a patient is admitted to hospice when the life expectancy is 6 months or less. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?
Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
End of life care.: Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away. The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. The timing of death is variable - days, weeks, months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask for a referral: You may ask your doctor for a referral to a palliative care specialist, or look up here: http://www.Association-office.Com/aahpm-p/etools/certdir/search.Cfm to find a list of doctors. If you wish help from the nursing side, or home health, you may ask a local home health organization if they offer palliative care. For more information: http://www.Palliativedoctors.Org/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: It would depend on where it has spread and what kind it is. Also, the patients nutrition would factor in also. Remember, it is not how far your are from the beginning; it is the distance from the end; and no one knows that. That is true for anyone in good health or with terminal lung cancer. Make the best of whatever time that is left. ...Read more
Commonly, infection: Patients with advanced dementia develop worsening swallowing difficulties; they aspirate while eating/drinking. Can even aspirate on their own saliva, leading to pneumonia. Common causes of death = infection (e.g. Pneumonia, bladder, blood stream), dehydration and malnutrition. Main thing to understand: decline is natural progression of dementia and to keep loved ones comfortable when end is near. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Organ failure.: Erdheim-chester disease is a rare disorder in which cells called histiocytes accumulate in the loose connective tissue of the organs. It causes the tissues to become thick, dense and fibrotic. The disease is debilitating. Death results, if not properly treated, from organ failures. ...Read more
Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?
God only knows : Depends on the kind of cancer, how aggressive it behaves, which organs it involves, how healthy (or sick) is the patient, and many other factors. The focus should be on establishing the best quality of life for whatever time they get, be it a day or a year. Hospice is perfectly suited for this situation. Sorry if it's about a loved one. ...Read more
Hemodialysis hurting: Once a patient is placed on dialysis, there usually is no pain. Patients may experience some pain when the needles (n) are placed in the vascular access. They may get used to this or have Lidocaine or Ethyl Chloride spray given to numb the n pain. If patients have some cramping, due to too much fluid being taken off, that can be painful. Other than that, patients on dialysis are usually pain free. ...Read more
Chaulmoogra Oil: Chaulmoogra oil contains hydnocarpic acide & chaulmoogric acid which both have antibacterial effects. Chaulmoogra oil was injected into people with early stage leprosy. It has been largely replaced by more effective medications. Although some people benefitted from its use, in contemporary times it has its detractors as well. ...Read more
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