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How dpes family or doctor determine when to stop tube feeding in hospice?

How dpes family or doctor determine when to stop tube feeding in hospice?

Quality of life: For the vast majority of hospice patients, tube feeding actually makes them more uncomfortable--they retain fluid, have more secretions, have to deal with the tube. And tube feeding has never been shown to improve quality of life or lengthen survival--and this has been studied. Removing the tube can improve comfort and dignity, and won't hasten 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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Ignored and angry. Should I bring up the notion of tube feeding or TPN with my doctors?

Ignored and angry. Should I bring up the notion of tube feeding or TPN with my doctors?

Malnourished: If you feel that you have inadequate nutrition, then you should certainly discuss these options. Certain conditions require supplemental nutrition or fluid such as malnutrition, dehydration, pancreatitis, short bowel syndrome and certain cancers. Your doctor should be able to tell you if you require supplementation. If you are frustrated, it is ok to search for another opinion. ...Read more

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Do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat if patients don't eat?

Do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat if patients don't eat?

Not comfort care.: They wouldn't generally pursue feeding tubes, as they're not considered comfort and the extra nutrition would possibly extend the time to death, which isn't the goal in hospice care. We're told that dying hungry is not as unpleasant as we would think, relating it to,how we feel when we're hungry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if patients don't eat, do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat?

Can you tell me if patients don't eat, do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat?

Usually not: Most people at the end if life lose their desire to eat. Feeding tubes have been shown not to prolong life so hospices do not usually suggest them. Unlike you or I, EOL patients do not suffer from hunger when they do not eat. ...Read more

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Can I keep my family doctor if I am under hospice care?

Can I keep my family doctor if I am under hospice care?

Certainly: You can even continue to see specialists. Although your care should be co-ordinated, hospice care allows for all patient needs to be met. ...Read more

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How soon after a palliative care decision is physician made for cancer treatments to stop does a person enter a hospice?

Hospice: It depends on a lot of criteria but mainly occurs when the patient is unable to stay at home because the caregiver is unable to keep the patient comfortable or the patient's condition is such that he or she requires end of life terminal care. ...Read more

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If it happens, how soon after the start of chemo and radiation can a doctor stop treatments for palliative leading to hospice care?

If it happens, how soon after the start of chemo and radiation can a doctor stop treatments for palliative leading to hospice care?

Hospice: This may occur at any time, depending upon the likelihood that the patient is going to benefit substantially from the chemo/rads. If the patient decides that they have had enough treatment then referral to hospice is quite appropriate. Too often patients have hopes that are not in accordance with the likelihood of response. They need to discuss this with the oncologist. ...Read more

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My dad in hospice has been on dialysis 4yrs. Doctors say dialysis is no longer helpful, what does that mean? He says he wants to continue dialysis.

My dad in hospice has been on dialysis 4yrs.  Doctors say dialysis is no longer helpful, what does that mean? He says he wants to continue dialysis.

Tough decision: Hospice therapy centers upon comfort care. Dialysis is life sustaining. Usually the decision to stop dialysis and start hospice go together. One could argue that the dialysis provides relief from shortness of breath or edema, to say that dialysis is no longer helpful implies that these goals are unattainable. Stopping dialysis will not affect comfort in that case. ...Read more

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My doc put me on hospice i want a 2nd opinion. Don't have much money. Doing nothing for me and i feel good. I have cervical cancer i don't want to die?

Phase I trial: Certain people may have no standard or fda approved drugs available after they failed several treatments but if they are still in good shape with good organ function, they may qualify for an experimental (phase i clinical trial). Look for a place where this can be offered. ...Read more

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What extra curricular activities or things must I do to become a doctor? Is volunteering at a hospice good?

Do what you enjoy: Having medically related volunteer activities may help you realize if this is fhe career for you, but they have little "real world" relevance to getting into medical school. A high academic achievement, showing the ability to be committed (to anything- a rock band even) is far more important.. ...Read more

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Dr. Poonam Manasa
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Tube Feeding (Definition)

For those unable to swallow well/high risk of aspiration, a tube can be placed via the nose, mouth, or inserted through the abdominal wall (see pic) into the stomach or even further down into intestine. Food (usually liquid form such as ensure) is then fed through this tube--this is tube feeding. Have ...Read more


Dr. James Krick
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

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