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Dying Cancer End
HI I am a 21-year-old male and I am new here. I have no family history of colon cancer or colon problems but my grandfather had kidney cancer got his kidney removed and caught lymphoma and ended up dying from it at 61. About 2 weeks ago, I was on vacation
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
Excellent Book: The last lecture by randy pausch is a fantastic example of a person making the most of his life during his transition from life to death from pancreatic cancer... Truly inspiring. He can also be found on video: http://www.Youtube. Com/watch? V=ji5_mqicxso. ...Read more
Quite varied: Death from cancer may come in may different forms. There may not be any pain or discomfort at the time of death. Most adavnced cancer patients go downhill slowly and develop increasing organ dysfunction. Patients may go into increasing sleepiness to coma when the vital organs failing include liver, kidney or brain. Infections are a common terminal event(pneumonia or blood). Palliative care helps. ...Read more
Varies: That is very hard to answer as every patient's experience is unique. Someone in that situation should be under the care of a palliative team and/or hospice so that quality of life is maintained as much as possible. Feelings of loneliness are common so if there is someone you know and care about in that situation, be available. Best to you. ...Read more
Cherish each moment: The truth is that you cannot know, no physician can tell you, and anyone even offering a guess is doing a disservice. Death could come before you receive this from a blood clot to the lung (sudden and painless), or from a chest infection that could take her in 48 hours. Or she could survive until she no longer has the strength to breathe -- this you'll detect. I'm glad you're there for her. ...Read more
Poor general conditi: At the end or near the end, patient becomes bed bound because of extreme weakness and or organ failures. Most patients would stop breathing and become very lethrgic and slowly lose conciousness... Then it is near the end with patient stopping to breathe. ...Read more
Access to med care:
In addition to dr. Rao's answer, .
The types of cancers occurs in china are different from cancers here in usa. Liver cancer is one of the most common cancers in world wide-especially in china- as the incidence of hepatitis b especially and hep c is very high. In us, liver cancer is not very common. Also, the access to medical care is limited there that increases mortality. ...Read more
Grandma upstairs: There are many ways to introduce the problem of death. I have often recommended a book called grandma upstairs. I also believe honesty is most important. Children usually know something is wrong but often won't voice there fears or concerns. Talk to them and answer any questions honestly. ...Read more
How do you tell someone that you are close to, that someone they are close may be dying of cancer real soon?
Carefully: First, be sure to have the facts about what is going on. (what the doctor said about disease, what the treatment options, and why it is not felt that your loved one is not going to make it)then ask them what they know about the situation. Often loved ones will know more than you think, but you can then use the facts to try to fill their gaps. Let them express emotions and be there for them. ...Read more
Stopped BC in March. Prior to 3 mos. Of BC, was having 2 cycles/ month. Now cycle was only 24 days. Should I be concerned about cancer?
What are my chances to get cancer if I smoked hookah for 8 months once a week (with friends so not all the hookah), and stopped a year ago?
Lukemia: Please visit him, provide support — emotional, compassion, if necessary financial. Get him help if needed, go with him to the doctor visits and the hospital. Be with him as much as you can — you will never regret it and you will be enriched by it. ...Read more
Help is available: Please find out more about your friend's daughter's cancer. What type of cancer and how has it been treated and has everything possible been done for her already? Or are there experimental treatments that she can avail from? If you want further help, take her to a major cancer center where research treatments can be offered and frequently prove helpful when a local doctor/oncologist has given up. ...Read more
What should I do? My husband is having anxiety about dying on the day he was diagnosed with cancer
Get the facts: When a diagnosis of cancer is rendered, the tumor will graded and staged, treatment options discussed, and survival curves explained. Your husband will know the odds of being alive in one, two, three years etc. There are cancers for which the cure rate is almost 100%. There are others for which I'd go straight to hospice. He needs a wise, clear-headed, no-drama wife more than he ever has before. ...Read more
I keep thinking I have cancer and I'm dying I seem to get every symtom of each cancer I think I have. Is it anxiety?
Yes.: Yes. If you do not have access to skilled psychological care, read a book on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), which will give you pointers in how to overcome this. ...Read more
Side branch IPMN. 3mm for 2 years. This size cause symptoms? Is this definitely cancer? What should be done? Dr only does f/u imaging. Am I dying?
My sister is dying of cancer and she is refusing to eat now because she is thinking she is feeding the metetized cancer is it true? How will she die?
Gradual: Metastatic, progressive cancer tends to lead to a gradual decline in health leading to death. Most cancer cells do rely primarily on sugar for energy (the warburg hypothesis) but the healthy cells also need food! My mother also gradually stopped eating, and chose not to receive forced feedings via a tube or ivs. For me, i also would prefer not to get forced feedings if dying from cancer. ...Read more
I watched what I ate from feb-sept. I lost 60 lbs. I haven't lost weight since oct. I was worried about cancer. Would it of stopped if I changed diet?
Many questions: Sounds if you have done well with careful eating to lose weight. Weight loss can easily taper and stabilize after a certain amount. Cancer is not really fed by certain foods. There may be issues mixed up here- so its good news- I didn't read anything that would indicate significant concern. However, only your doctor can know- see your md to clear up all these issues. ...Read more
While worry: Is an utter waste of time, risk is more dependent on how long you smoked and how much (>10 pack years?), yet risk diminshes substantially with each passing year. ...Read more
Not an either or: There are a variety of treatment modalities in any case of a terminal disease. One basic idea is not to do things that prolong the process of dying, while doing the things that preserve the quality of the life that is left. ...Read more
I'm 22 years old and I've smoked cigarettes for about a month and a half, then stopped for good. 1-5 but not daily. How high is the risk of cancer?
Not from smoking: You cut your risk by stopping before significant use. Yea! Your risk of cancer now depends on diet, heredity and the place you live, exposure to environmental carcinogens and sheer luck. You have eliminated one risk --good for you! Now decrease fat and protein to non-US levels and you will decrease your risk even more. Of course HIV is associated with cancer, so practice safe sex along the way. ...Read more
I have thig nagging fear that something is wrong with me and I'm dying. It comes and goes but everytime I get a pain I think its cancer. I'm only 27?
No perfect tests: There are no perfect tests, & unfortunately these include the ones that we rely upon to tell us if cancer is present or not. If there is doubt, or your clinical situation has changed, please don't delay in getting a confirmatory study or second opinion. Ask your doctor to candidly share his concerns & best direct you appropriately. Once reassured however that you're okay... Please let the fear go! ...Read more
22 smoked for almost 4 years on and off, chewed for a small amount of time, drank some alcohol and stopped it all. Are chances for cancer high or low?
Variable: 5-year breast cancer survival rates are dependent upon the cancer stage, varying from almost 100% for DCIS (stage 0) to less than 20% for metastatic disease (stage 4). Furthermore, cancer survival is dependent upon the response to chemotherapy. Of note, breast cancer survival has increased over the past decade in the US. ...Read more
2 separate issues: First: cancer risk. Ovarian cancer is bad but not common unless a patient carries a high risk gene like BRCA and even then it would be unlikely at your age. Cervical cancer (or pre malignant changes) can happen at your age. By now you should be getting Pap smears and HPV test per standards of care. Talk to your doc about this and ask him if you need to see a risk assessment specialist. ...Read more