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How do I tell my children I have end stage lung disease?

How do I tell my children I have end stage lung disease?

Get help: The real answer depends on how old your children are and how close you are to them. Often it helps to talk to a pediatric social worker or psychiatrist (or your pastor/clergy member etc) in order to correctly frame it, but there is no easy, right, or perfect way to break bad news to children. Get help, do a dry run, ask your pulmonologist to join you. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


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How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Be honest.: It's important to be honest with them. Cancer is understandably a shocking and emotionally taxing thing for everyone involved, so keeping everyone on the same page will allow you and your loved ones to support each other through difficult times. Keep them, as well as yourself, informed of all the amazing resources out there to help patients and their families cope with their situation. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

What can I do if my mom is dying of stage IV colon cancer, how do I cope?

Grief: Is she working with palliative care/ hospice? If so, they usually have a social worker or grief couselor that can help the family. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I know if my husband is end stage alcoholism?

How do I know if my husband is end stage alcoholism?

Look At The Symptoms: End stage alcoholism is marked by a total loss of control in all aspects of the alcoholic's life including relationships, employment, physical and mental health. The individual cannot stop drinking as attempts to stop cause severe withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations delirium tremens, or seizures. Multi-organ failure is common and mortality rates are very high. Treatment must be sought. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

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What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

Depends on type: Would have to have more info on type of cancer and location. Typically stage 4 suggests the cancer has spread beyond its initial location. ...Read more

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I just found out my father has stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Can you please tell me what that means and how I can help my father?

I just found out my father has stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Can you please tell me what that means and how I can help my father?

Renal failure: Stage 4 kidney disease means that there is not enough kidney function for normal health and patient needs dialysis or kidney transplant. See the site below for details. Your father will appreciate your support. http://www.kidney.org/patients/peers/stage4.cfm. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

Death: This depends on many factors. The age of the children, their relationship with grandma, what grandma would like. No one knows exactly how long a person will live with cancer so it is difficult to tell the children. There are several books on the subject. Find a support group with your church or hospital to find help. Talk to friends who have lost loved ones and ask how they handled it. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is 58 and was recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. How long does she have?

What can I do if my mom is 58 and was recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. How long does she have?

3b Ca Lung: Multiple factors determine how long a person lives. It depends on the nature of cancer and also what makes it 3b. Roughly 5 year survival of 3b is 10%. She can live up to 5 years, with a 10% chance of living beyond 5 years. ...Read more

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How can I tel when I have gone from stage 3 to stage 4 emphasema/copd?

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How can I tel when I have gone from stage 3 to stage 4 emphasema/copd?

COPD/emphysema: To which staging system are you referring? Gold? Bode? Check out http://www.Webmd.Com/lung/copd/emphysema-stages-and-prognosis for info on how different stages are diagnosed. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister has stage IV hodgkins - I don't think we can get through this?

What do you suggest if my sister has stage IV hodgkins - I don't think we can get through this?

She Can Be Cured: There are a few types of cancer which are still curable when they are Stage IV. Hodgkin Lymhpoma is one of them. In fact, with modern chemotherapy about 65% of people diagnosed with Stage IV disease survive longer than five years. ...Read more

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Husband just diagnosed with heart disease. How do I change how I have cooked during 40 years of marriage?

Husband just diagnosed with heart disease. How do I change how I have cooked during 40 years of marriage?

Coronary disease: There are many types of heart disease. I am assuming that you mean coronary disease which is strongly related to diet. For the coronary disease patient, it will be important to limit fat intake and lower cholesterol. Fat should represent 30% or less of the total calories eaten. Learn to read food labels. The american heart association has a cookbook that may be helpful. ...Read more

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I was just told I have Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, 5 year survival is 15%. Any ideas on how to tell people? I don't even know how to start a conversation.

I was just told I have Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, 5 year survival is 15%. Any ideas on how to tell people? I don't even know how to start a conversation.

Your Oncologist can: In case you have not already seen an oncologist, he/she is the best person to guide you through this journey. You should also consider seeking a sarcoma specialist, if you can travel to a major Cancer center in your city or state. The survival figures you have been given are a best guess and are not of much help to be able to do all that can be and should be done to control your cancer. Good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion. Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia. ...Read more

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Now that i was diagnosed thru kub utz that I have renal parenchymal disease, bilateral, how can I live normally now? I will die young. Oh my god!

Now that i was diagnosed thru kub utz that I have renal parenchymal disease, bilateral, how can I live normally now? I will die young. Oh my god!

See below: Renal parenchymal disease is not a diagnosis. It is a finding that needs explanation. Your prognosis depends on your diagnosis not "renal parenchymal disease.". ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cancer in my lungs?

See below: If you are a smoker, have family history of cancer, have cough, you should consult your doctor for a Chest CT. It is highly unlikely that you have lung cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have lung cancer.

Stage & Type: Long term prognosis depends on stage at time of diagnosis. 2 major groups small cell and non small cell. Five year survival poor for stage iii and iv. 5 year survival for non small cell lung cancer for stage ii about 30%, for stage i about 70% with resection. ...Read more

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Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.

Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.

Talk to doc: At your age, the risk for cancer is low, even if there is a "bad gene" in the family. There are exceptions to this, though, so I would advise you talk to your doc and be referred to a genetics specialist who will interview you and get a full family history to determine what test (if any) needs to be done and tell you what you can do to reduce your cancer risk. Hope you do great. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a degenerative brain disease ?

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a degenerative brain disease ?

Testing: It's rare for people to develop a degenerative disease of the brain at such a young age. Some degenerative brain disorders are genetic. You could have blood tests done to look for markers for these. If you have a family history of such illness, genetic testing would be appropriate. Some degenerative diseases can be detected with MRI scans. Consult with a doctor if you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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Lung Diseases (Definition)

That is a very broad question as there are 100's of things that ...Read more