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How Can A Terminally Ill Cancer Patient Survive Without Eating For How Long
Cancer and survival: There are many metabolic things that happen as we begin the last stage of our lives. There are factors that are produced that result in cachexia, which essentially does not allow nutrients to be processed. At the same time, with lack of nutrition the body redistributes nutrients to just essential life-maintaining functions, thereby decreasing the amount of calories needed to survive.See 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
What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?
Concrete offers: Make specific offers, like "i'm bringing a meal over this week; what night is best? " offer to update their friends via email/phone so they can spend time with their dying loved one. Mow their lawn, take their dog for a walk, pick up groceries or dry-cleaning, do the laundry...And just be available as a friend.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In fact, I doubt there are many (or any) doctors who would be opposed to it.See 1 more doctor answer
Many many days: Cancer patients do not die for lack of food intake. As long as they are getting some food and liquids down, no one dies for lack of being able to eat. Our bodies have enough reserve to last at least for 3-4 weeks.
Somewhat accurate: Unfortunely often times doctors don't tell people the statistics of what may happen. Patients can be on the out side of the statistics and live longer or shorter than predicted. I always tell people this is not a tv show and I never say you have 3 months to live. People with stage 4 (metastatic) cancers can live a long time depending on the cancer. But doctors are not god and can only guide.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard to answer: Based on info. U gave. Pain medicine is usually prescribed for terminal cancer, but doesn't necessarily correlate well with remaining life expectancy. If the oncologist is recommending "hospice care", that usually means less than 6 months to live. Each person is different however, so this is not necessarily 100% reliable. The main thing now is to treat pain to make the patient comfortable.
For adrenal cancer patient on mitotane who has reached the threshold level, how long more to continue taking the pill?
See your oncologist: Interesting question that must be answered by your oncologist.See 1 more doctor answer
How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?
Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease.See 1 more doctor answer
Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more
Unlikely: High iron is not in any common prognostic database for terminal cancer patients and even these are difficult to apply to an individual patient. High iron might has too many causes in cancer. More predictive is how active the person is, what the appetite is, malnutrition level, immunity level, organ function, and so on. Many, many, other items to factor. If not on hospice, get it and ask their md.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on several factors with the most important being the stage. This is determined by what the cancer is invading in the nasopharynx, whether there are lymph nodes involved, and whether is has spread to other organs. Other factors include your age and other medical conditions.
It depends on many f: There are many interpretations to your question. If you can tell us two items: What type of Cancer does the patient have? What is the complete blood counts report including Hb, WBC and Platelet count. Platelet counts can be low yet quite safe unless the count is dropping below 50, 000. There is some risk of excessive bleeding once the platelet count is below 20, 000.If the patient is terminal, nothSee 6 more doctor answers
Fetal position: Could me patient is in pain, and assumes that positon in attempt to get comfortable. Could mean patient cancer is very advanced, patient is cachetic (lost lots of weight), and muscle on the elbow, knees, hips beging to contract in flexion position due to inmobility. If advanced, terminal phase is there, talk to oncologist for palliative care (comfort care) to avoid suffering. Good luckSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so good: When we are talking womb cancer it may mean a several things. It is important to differentiate which one you are refereeing to. If it is ovarian cancer, the prognosis is very poor. If it endometrial cancer the prognosis is generally bad. If it is cervical cancer, the prognosis is better than the above two but still stage IV is far advanced. There are few tumors that have good prognosis even.
What are the survival rates for a stage three breast cancer patient? Going to chemo and following doctor orders. And what to expect. Symptoms etc..
Ask your oncologist: Most women with breast cancer do very well. Yet stage 3 breast cancer does carry risk of relapse despite good treatments. So be alert and follow instructions and remain under supervision of your doctor (oncologist) for 5-10 years.
What is the average life expectancy or duration life for a head and neck cancer patient who has been treated with radiation?
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