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What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

Prognosis: The best predictor of how a patient will do is how they are doing physically. Watch for physical decline in ability to care for themself. Get hospice involved earlier rather than later to build trust with team. ...Read more

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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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Cancer of unknown primary in the liver stage 4. Inoperable. Treatment for such? Life expectancy?

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Cancer of unknown primary in the liver stage 4. Inoperable. Treatment for such? Life expectancy?

ACUP: Adenocarcinoma of unknown primary in the liver- could be originally from lung, colon, from the bile duct , prostate etc. It would be nice to be able to find the primary cancer.There are algorithm we use to try to find the primary." cancertype-id" can be done also to help finding the primary. It will tell you probablity of the primary cancer. If primary can'e be found- chemo-carbo/taxol can be used. ...Read more

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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage 4 primary liver cancer for a 84 years old person with a spread in the lung?

Life expectancy for stage 4 primary liver cancer for a 84 years old person with a spread in the lung?

It is guess work: It is hard to give you reliable response without examining the patient and without knowing any history or results of her blood tests which can show the severity of liver disease. In general, most patients with stage 4 liver cancer have a short survival(2 to 6 months). You should ask this question to her treating doctor(s). ...Read more

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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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What is the stage 5 cancer life expectancy for a patient?

What is the stage 5 cancer life expectancy for a patient?

??: First, you have not stated which cancer. Second, no such thing as stage 5. Ussually goes up to 4 (or 3 in some cases). Restate your question better. ...Read more

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What would be the life expectancy for younger patients with stage IV renal failure?

What would be the life expectancy for younger patients with stage IV renal failure?

Stage 4 RF: Stage 4 patients have GFR between 15 & 30. I approach this from the standpoint of preserving what kidney function you have, not life expectancy. Ways to do that - watch your diet and avoid foods that have lots of potassium and salt; limit protein intake; watch your weight; take all medicines prescribed; see your doctor regularly. Look here : http://www.Kidneyfailureweb.Com/prognosis/221.Html. ...Read more

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Life span for fibrocystic disease of the lung after diagnosis?

Life  span for fibrocystic disease of the lung after diagnosis?

It depends: It all depends upon the level of lung function that you currently have, your nutritional status, your cardiac rhythm and your ability to oxygenate the blood and to get rid of carbon dioxide. Your doctor can give you a ball park answer while taking all of these factors into considertion. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

Breast cancer: You report that you are in great condition on your medication. I know it will be difficult but try as hard as you can to continue to feel great on your meds and continue to see your doctor regularly. There is no timetable for you - just continue to enjoy life - it may well be another 30 or more years. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

3 yrs: in one of the trials , the median survival was 31 months. This means that half of the people who took this combination lived more than this. so it is easy to live 3-4 yrs in the above mentioned condition. ...Read more

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What are the best cancer treatment centers of america for end stage cancers?

What are the best cancer treatment centers of america for end stage cancers?

No information: No one Cancer Treatment Center of America has been shown "better" than another. Something important to remember is that these centers often try unproven treatments in the desperate hope of help. As a cancer surgeon, I have seen many people disappointed by the promises made and not kept at these Centers. Please do careful research at any Center you attend. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

Not great : Less than 10% of patients survive past 5 years. Average life expectancy is about a year on average. ...Read more

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Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Yes: Oxygen therapy will not change the end of life situation or chronic kidney disease. However the oxygen will provide comfort to a person at that stage of their life. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

It varies: It is unpredictable. There is a 14% chance of being alive in five years. Death could come in weeks. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a stage 4 liver cancer patient?

Depends on origin: Liver cancer in actuality represents a primary hepatoma of the liver. Such lesions are not staged but rather considered resectable or unresectable. Metastatic liver cancer noted as Stage IV disease has different prognostic features, depending on origin resectablility or response to intra arterial chemo via chemoembolization or isotope infusion or microwave ablation of the solitary lesion. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Colorectal Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning the overall health otherwise of the patient or their current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following the patient now. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement. This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site. ...Read more

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