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Doctor insights on: Final Days Of Cancer Patients

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Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient?

Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient?

It is a bad sign: Liver cancer can be associated with ascites. Some patients respond to treatment with sorafenib which is the recommended treatment. Once this has been done, there is very little second line treatments available. Survival then is short (less than 3 to 6 months at best). ...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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Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) used for last days of cancer patient?

Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) used for last days of cancer patient?

Yes, it can be: Some patients have great restlessness and agitation at the end of life. Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is among the medicines that can be helpful in such palliative care situations. Http://tinyurl. Com/lo7p272 it can also be used for persistent hiccups that are extremely troublesome for people whose cancers are irritating their diaphragms. Http://tinyurl. Com/mrn4zga. ...Read more

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We have a 65 year old male cancer patient with the hiccups for days. How can we stop them?

We have a 65 year old male cancer patient with the hiccups for days. How can we stop them?

Find out cause: My first advice would be to find out the cause. Hiccups can be related to any type of irritation of the diaphgram, including tumor growth or metastasis. You can also get hiccups from a pleural effusion. If you can't find the cause, then I have used low-dose Chlorpromazine at a dose of 25 mg by mouth 3-4 times per day to be effective. This medication can have other serious side effects. ...Read more

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When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

When a patient with breast cancer falls unconscious for several days, what does this signify?

No way...: ...In God's creation I could know that. I hope someone took her to the hospital. Fainting spells with or without cancer need to be evaluated and one in which the patient is out "for days" sounds particularly serious. ...Read more

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Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

Is it a standard procedure to stop oral meds for patients with severe vomiting? My mom died 4 days after being taken off her heart meds while being treated for pancreatic cancer caused vomiting.

So sorry: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The mortality of pancreatic ca is very high and if the patient cannot tolerate oral medications then there is no other option but to stop the medications. ...Read more

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Liver cancer patient has jaundice, lack of appetite, nausea but still gained about 2 kg in 10 days. What could be the reason?

Liver cancer patient has jaundice, lack of appetite, nausea but still gained about 2 kg in 10 days. What could be the reason?

Retaining fluid: Both increased tissue fluid and ascites are common in this situation and can accumulate fast. If the person is nt eating much, this is your reason ...Read more

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Do cancer patients die of pain?

Do cancer patients die of pain?

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

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What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely.

Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. ...Read more

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How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early. ..Before the end is near. ...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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Which things do cancer patients needs from loved ones?

Which things do cancer patients needs from loved ones?

Cancer: Love, compassion, tolerance, and most important empathic listening, being able to understand the unique experience of the person suffering without trying to fix or judge. Also helping the person live life despite cancer. Helping the person to participate in life as much as possible. ...Read more

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Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Sun Yun-cai: Sun yun-cai is a master of guo lin qigong. She previously taught in beijing. She is a cancer survivor. Check out this site: http://www. Guolinqigongto. Ca/en_master_sun. Php. ...Read more

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What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

Context is key: I'll let you find the "sick" / counterphobic jokes on your own. The greatness of the human spirit is shown, among other ways, in our ability to find a smile (not ridicule) even in the most difficult situations. Sandra miniere's "lighter side of cancer" is a model for staying brave, upbeat, and cherishing life. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

ABSOLUTELY: Unless they're actively undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, there's no reason cancer patients shouldn't travel. They should live they life they want to live, so, if this pertains to you, get on out there! Good luck. ...Read more

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How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

Depends: Depends on multiple factors- including cancer location, where the cancer recurred, how early the recurrence is diagnosed, and what other treatments have been used in the past. See your oncologist for details. ...Read more

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Ask a health question...How safe is etda for cancer patients?

Ask a health question...How safe is etda for cancer patients?

Chelator: Ethylene diamine citric Acetic Acid grabs divalent cations (ca++, mg++, mn++, etc) and used in blue top lab tubes because calcium is needed to clot blood; this allows clotting parameters in the lab. It is n o t a drug or safe to use in humans. ...Read more

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In what ways are cancer patients able to hide their illness so well?

In what ways are cancer patients able to hide their illness so well?

Cancer is internal: Many times with the cancers, there are no external stigmata. Also, many of the treatments are much better tolerated than previously. The chemotherapeutic agents are more specific and more targeted, thus many of the bad side effects are decreased. Thus, the old image of sickly, infirm, bedridden patients may be less prevalent. Obviously, this is on a case by case basis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some of the episodes where house has a patient with cancer?

Can you tell me some of the episodes where house has a patient with cancer?

Dr. House??: Dude. That is a fantasy program with very little grasp of reality (funny as it may be). Wrong website. Try imdb (internet movie database). They have a tv section and list each episode individually. ...Read more

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What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

Many: There are many support services available for patients and families. One can begin to search for local resources. If none are available, contact the american cancer society, the leukemia/lymphoma foundation, or the leukemia society for resources. ...Read more

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If cancer was diagnosed 14 months prior actual diagnosis, would that help to extend a patient life?

If cancer was diagnosed 14 months prior actual diagnosis, would that help to extend a patient life?

Often yes: Finding cancers early often means that they can be completely removed by surgery & gives cancer less time to spread. This is rationale for doing colonoscopies to find precancerous or early cancerous lesions the colon. Has significantly reduced death rate from colon cancer. Similar with routine mamograms for early breast and routine psa blood test & biopsies for early prostate cancer detection. ...Read more

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Cancer: Is is really important for a fully independent patient to know the stage of cancer one is in?

Yes, so you plan yr L: Stage determines your prognosis, so if you want to plan your future better, then you would want to know what your odds of survival from your Cancer will be like. This may give you more hope and lessen your anxiety. yet it is up to you to ask for more info or less info from your oncologist. ...Read more

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In most cases of cancers, do patients present with almost all the symptoms associated with the cancer?

In most cases of cancers, do patients present with almost all the symptoms associated with the cancer?

No: Most patients have only a few symptoms and signs. It depends on the type of tumor, stage of tumor, age of the person, location of the primary tumor etc. See this site for more info.

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer ...Read more

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Is it a usual thing that the cancer comes back after curing to the patients after a while or in the future?

Is it a usual thing that the cancer comes back after curing to the patients after a while or in the future?

Here are some...: The odd to have recurrence of a treated cancer always exists, but the longer no recurrence after its definitive Rx, the less its recurrence; the 5-year survival rate is designed to serve the purpose of comparison & study. Besides, the extent and tissue features of cancer play their important role affecting long-term survival. So, ask the treating doctor for more specifics on this subject. ...Read more

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Will a patient who is suffering from an extremely painful cancer and will certainly die be allowed to die in pain?

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

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When are the most trying times for a person newly diagnosed with serious cancer? What is your experience with cancer patients?

Stages..: I am not clear in what the question is but if you are asking about the person's reaction after diagnosis, people usually go through 4 stages: denial (they deny the condition or act like it does not exist), anger (they get very angry at life, others or God), negotiation (the person tries to negotiate a solution with God or life), acceptance (person finally accepts condition and treatment/options. ...Read more