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Doctor insights on: Hospice For Terminal Small Cell Lung Cancer

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My mom has small cell lung cancer and she is in severe pain. Its in both lungs and hospice has been called in. Do you think its in other organs?

My mom has small cell lung cancer and she is in severe pain. Its in both lungs and hospice has been called in. Do you think its in other organs?

It is very likely.: Small cell cancer of the lung is very problematic in that it has the ability to spread, metastasize , very quickly to other organs. On a more likely than not basis, per your information, it has spread. Hospice should be of great help and comfort and is appropriate. ...Read more

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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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When is it appropriate to put my grandmother in hospice if she has stage 3 lung cancer?

When is it appropriate to put my grandmother in hospice if she has stage 3 lung cancer?

When she is ready: Hospice is an individual choice; people with serious illness that is life threatening, with less than 6 months left to live are eligible. If she does not want treatment and/or is ready to be made comfortable, she is ready to talk about hospice. ...Read more

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My grandfather has lung cancer and has it in his heart. He hasnt been making a lot of sense and has been falling alot. The hospice nurse took him off diuretic meds.About how long does he have? I live in a different state and would like to be there?

My grandfather has lung cancer and has it in his heart. He hasnt been making a lot of sense and has been falling alot. The hospice nurse took him off diuretic meds.About how long does he have? I live in a different state and would like to be there?

Not sure.: Doctors not good at predicting end of life except within last 72 hours. If on hospice someone has certified that they thought he had less than 6 months to live, but we sometimes have patients who graduate from hospice! if diuretics were keeping him from being in heart failure, he may not have long. When patients stop eating/ drinking they usually don't last a week. Ask the nurse. ...Read more

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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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Weight of 37kg a drop from 7 stone within 4 months 5 foot 5 tall has non small cell lung cancer age 68 is this signs of terminal cachexia ?

Likely: Most likely as the body enters a catabolic state in advanced malignancies. Concomitant conditions, related or not to cancer may coexist and contribute further to the weight loss. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Hospice (Definition)

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