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How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early ...Before the end is near. ...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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Im a her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Im a  her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I  finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Unlikely: There is not a less expensive substitute. The manufacturer might have some support programs, but I am not sure if it is available in your case. You still have gotten benefit from your treatment. Check with your oncologist to see if a support through genentech is available. ...Read more

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May an oncologist say to a patient that just ended 6 weekly chemo infusions that a CT and pet scan shows no cancer even in the 2 lymph nodes?

May an oncologist say to a patient that just ended 6 weekly chemo infusions that a CT and pet scan shows no cancer even in the 2 lymph nodes?

S/he may say that: If the imaging studies do not show residual tumor the doctor may communicate that. Please remember if that is what the doctor said, it means that at that time no tumor was detectable, it does not mean that tumor does not exist in the body in undetectable form. ...Read more

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Im a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient . I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance medicine?

Im a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient . I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance  medicine?

It depends on your b: There are many medicines used to treat breast cancer. Besides herceptin, (trastuzumab) your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy or hormonal therpy depending on the subtype of breast cancer that you have. Hormonal therpies are used for er+ cancers....So check if your tumor wass er+ or er-. Ask you oncologist to address this question. ...Read more

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Do cancer patients die of pain?

Do cancer patients die of pain?

No!: We can't always cure cancer, but we can always treat pain. Cancer patients should never suffer from pain. We can block nerves that carry pain signals, use medications, and even implant spinal cord stimulators to control pain. Cancer patients die for many reasons, but not from pain. If you are suffering from cancer pain, ask your doctor for relief. And don't stop asking until you are comfortable! ...Read more

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What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely. Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. ...Read more

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What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

Basal cell carcinoma: While no cancers are good, this is much less malignant than squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. ...Read more

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How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

Getting better: About 2, 500 children die each year in the usa because of cancer, which is a huge improvement compared to a few decades ago. ...Read more

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