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What are the final stages (visual symptoms) of somebody dying from copd-emphysema?

What are the final stages (visual symptoms) of somebody dying from copd-emphysema?

Shortness of breath: In general, people who are very end stage COPD will have alot of difficulty breathing and typically will have fast and shallow breathing. Eventually they cannot keep up and start retaining co2 which makes them mentally altered and hypoxic which also makes them sluggish/loopy (and usually causes a grayish cast to the features). These changes are shortly followed by cardiac arrythmias and death. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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


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What are the beginning symptoms of dying with stage 4 nsclc?

What are the beginning symptoms of dying with stage 4 nsclc?

Highly variable: Lung Cancer kills by its ability to spread elsewhere in the body (metastases). NSCLC commonly metastasizes to the brain( 30-40%) and bone (20%). It also spreads to other areas of the lung, skin, adrenal glands and to the liver. Brain involvement can be rapidly lethal but may be asymptomatic. Bone mets are highly symptomatic but less deadly. Lung cancer may progress to death with no symptoms ...Read more

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What's the sign of impending death from end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

What's the sign of impending death from end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Similar to signs: Seen in other deaths- shortness breadth, hepatic coma (jaundice ; swelling(ascites). ...Read more

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What are the end stages of brain cancer ?

What are the end stages of brain cancer
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Variable: Symptoms are obviously variable, but the best i can describe them, they are most similar to alzheimers, but much, much faster. If the worst thing about alzheimers is how long it goes on, the "best" thing about end stage brain tumors is how short the suffering tends to be. ...Read more

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What are the signs of end stage cirrhosis?

What are the signs of end stage cirrhosis?

Variable: Gi bleeding, abdominal swelling, edema, encephalopathy, wasting etc. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

Medication: Usually this indicates that the colon cancer cells have traveled to the liver and surgical treatment is not possible. Chemotherapy is used to try and kill the cells. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

Dementia: Usually rule of thirds. 3 years mild, 3 years moderate and 3 years severe. ...Read more

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What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

Liver failure: Advanced liver cancer can lead to Jaundice(yellowness of eyes), weight loss, poor appetite and ascites. Rising bilirubin leads to liver failure, mental confusion and ultimately coma. Serious Infections can ensue as a terminal event. ...Read more

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What happens at the end stages of dementia?

What happens at the end stages of dementia?

Infection: In severe dementia, alzheimer's, the patient becomes increasingly apathetic and withdrawn, more bed-ridden, and has increased inability to control bowel and bladder. Eventual infections arise, and most perish secondary to pneumonia. ...Read more

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Generally, what are the chances of surviving stage 2B lung cancer?

Generally, what are the chances of surviving stage 2B lung cancer?

Stage IIB LngCa: Iib is a 5-7 cm tumor and n1 node positive, or >7 cm , or invasion into a resectable structure, or collapse of an entire lobe with no nodes positive. This is quite rare. If resected and proven to be just the features above, many would add chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Regardless, the survival is between 30 and 50% at 5 yrs, meaning 50 -70% die before then. ...Read more

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Help please! is advanced stage cirrhosis and end stage cirrhosis the same thing?

Help please! is advanced stage cirrhosis and end stage cirrhosis the same thing?

Maybe: Ask your doctors what stage of cirrhosis is present if each one provided one of the terms (stages 1 - 4). End-stage typically means the liver is no longer compensating even with various medical interventions and prognosis is therefore worsening. Advanced stage might mean stage 3 (or even stage 2). In practice most physicians just use a prognostic score to monitor severity (meld score). ...Read more

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What is the life expentcy of end stage chronic pancreat?

What is the life expentcy of end stage chronic pancreat?

Impossible: I am sorry to hear you even have to ask this question. But, there are so many variables that you will not get any valid answer from strangers on the internet. Even physicians would need much more information. The oncologist will have a much more valid answer and insight to this problem. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of end stage emphysema?

What are the symptoms of end stage emphysema?

Emphysema: shortness of breath progressing to being short of breath even at rest ...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 is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

Very short: Stage IV of any cancer means the cancer has spread to the distant organs. This could mean the liver, bone, brain etc. Randy pausch, a computer engineer from carnegie mellon wrote "the last lecture". It is about his experience with advanced pancreatic cancer. I think you might want consider it. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

Not good: Life expectancy with stage lung cancer is not good. The average is 5-6 months. With chemotherapy, the life expectancy is about a year. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of lung cancer at stage 2b?

What is the survival rate of lung cancer at stage 2b?

Need more info!: What type of lung cancer? Different types have different survival rates. That being said, the average 5 year survival for all stage 2 lung cancers is 40-50%. Just remember what mark twain had to say about statistics: "there are 3 kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics!" statistics apply to groups. Individual experiences can, and do, vary. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow: You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist.to have it fine tuned. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of ...Read more