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How can you remain upbeat when you are dying of cancer?

How can you remain upbeat when you are dying of cancer?

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

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 are the lasts days of dying in cancer like? Is it painful?

What are the lasts days of dying in cancer like? Is it painful?

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

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Which type of experiences will someone dying of cancer go through?

Which type of experiences will someone dying of cancer go through?

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

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My grandma is dying from cancer...How do I know when the end is near?

My grandma is dying from cancer...How do I know when the end is near?

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

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How would you know when someone who's dying of cancer is near the end?

How would you know when someone who's dying of cancer is near the end?

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

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Why do my friends from china say many of their relatives are dying from cancer?

Why do my friends from china say many of their relatives are dying from cancer?

Access to med care: In addition to dr. Rao's answer, .. The types of cancers occurs in china are different than 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

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What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

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

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How do you tell someone that you are close to, that someone they are close may be dying of cancer real soon?

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 then 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

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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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My dad is dying of cancer. What are the last stages ?

My dad is dying of cancer. What are the last stages ?

Probably general.: Towards the end, many different cancers probably have nonspecific symptoms, like fever, weakness, weight loss, muscle wasting, and pain. Painkillers, and other palliative measures should be taken. See your doctor for a more thorough description. ...Read more

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What can I do for my friend who is dying of cancer and lukemia?

What can I do for my friend who is dying of cancer and lukemia?

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

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If an 84 year old is diagnosed with cancer, what are the chances of him dying?

If an 84 year old is diagnosed with cancer, what are the chances of him dying?

Too many variables: It depends on the type of cancer, stage, other medical problems. Unfortunately this question cannot be answered without more details and then a rough estimate can be made. ...Read more

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What can I do if my good friend just told me his daughter is dying of cancer please help?

What can I do if my good friend just told me his daughter is dying of cancer please help?

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

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What should I do? My husband is having anxiety about dying on the day he was diagnosed with cancer

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

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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?

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?

Leave it alone: Most of these little things in the pancreas are harmless. Just watch it. If it starts growing, it can be removed while it's still not a huge danger. Pancreatic surgery is grisly. Avoid it if you can. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Risk of dying from bladder cancer?

Risk of dying from bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: Risk of dying from bladder cancer is 1 to 116 in men and 1 to 294 in women. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/lifetime-probability-of-developing-or-dying-from-cancer. ...Read more

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What happens if there was a child dying of cancer,would you give him treatment or pray for him?

What happens if there was a child dying of cancer,would you give him treatment or pray for him?

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

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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?

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