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Doctor insights on: How Can A Terminally Ill Cancer Patient Survive Without Eating For How Long

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How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?

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.

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months.

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage. If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible.

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How long can a cancer patient live without food?

How long can a cancer patient live without food?

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.

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How accurate are doctors' estimations of how long a cancer patient will live?

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.

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How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

Briefly: Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding, metastasis and serious problems. Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options.

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On average, how long will a cancer patient with tuberculosis have after being put on narcotics?

On average, how long will a cancer patient with tuberculosis have after being put on narcotics?

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.

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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

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.

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Does anyone know of a good medicine for sedating a terminal cancer patient?

Combinations: Terminal cancer patients who need sedation usually are prescribed combinations of benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam) and narcotics (such as morphine). These tend to work well. There are other choices.

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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

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.

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What are the chances of survival for a nasopharynx cancer patient?

What are the chances of survival for a nasopharynx cancer patient?

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.

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What can low platlet count mean in a advanced / terminal cancer patient.?

What can low platlet count mean in a advanced / terminal cancer patient.?

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, noth

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What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

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 luck

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What are the survival chances for a stage 4 womb cancer patient?

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.

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Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Yes: There are many treatment options available for stage 4 breast cancer. Based on what type of breast cancer if ER/PR positive, HER2 positive or not. You should speak to medical oncologist to discuss all the treatment options.

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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..

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.