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Hospice For Terminal Small Cell Lung Cancer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My mom has small cell lung cancer and hospice care has been called in its spread to both lungs already. She is in severe pain. How long does she have?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 91 y/o mom has lung cancer is on Hospice. She has developed pneumonia. Does this mean she only has days or weeks left? Morphine prn for now, 2 mg
Probably: You're never certain. I hope the end will be peaceful ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Friend diagnosis last march stage 4 lung cancer, mets to adrenals, lymphs, neck, now liver.Hospice began today.No food 5 days.Sleeping all day.How long? Ideas?
Nearly 2 stone weight loss within 4 months of someone with non small cell lung cancer that hasnt responded to treatment is this terminal cachexia?
It does: Not sound good but nbody kniws better than your oncologist ...Read more
There is not: Small cell lung cancer is divided into limited and extensive stage. The usual stage i-iv cancer staging system is not used. Limited stage means that all sites of cancer can be focused in a radiation treatment field. If this is not the case, it is extensive stage. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-smallcell/detailedguide/small-cell-lung-cancer-staging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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