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Is it possible that a doctor prescribe morphine for a cancer patient?

Is it possible that a doctor prescribe morphine for a cancer patient?

Pain relief: Morphine is one of the treatments for pain relief, but not for cancer per se. A doctor can prescribe morphine to a patient with pain.

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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Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Morphine is: ..A great drug, and it helps many patients deal with pain issues but there are many other drugs and non-pharmaceutical modalities to help cancer patients with pain. It should be an individualized approach. Docs and patients need to work together to find the proper treatment for each patient. It is not ok to live with pain or "suck it up".

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Can you tell me if morphine helps to prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Can you tell me if morphine helps to prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Yes, it does: For many years, opioids have been the mainstay of drug treatment to control chronic cancer pain. Their efficacy in acute pain such as postoperative pain is also well established. Most of the debate about the role of opioids in chronic pain management is based upon both the safety and efficacy of these drugs and the potential for abuse. Hope it helps.

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What are the disadvantages and advantages to terminal cancer patients using morphine to manage pain?

What are the disadvantages and advantages to terminal cancer patients using morphine to manage pain?

Many: Every patient responds to different opioids differently. Opioids also treat different types of pain with various levels of success, so would check with his/her doctor to see how well might work for the type of pain being treated (bone pain, visceral pain, neuropathic pain, etc.). Common pros are excellent pain relief for common pain syndromes; cons: constipation, temporary nausea, and more.

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What're the effects of large quantities of morphine on lung cancer patients?

See below: One would hope pain relief. Respiratory depression along with sedation and GI effects (constipation) are all likely adverse effects.

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What are the effects of large quantities of morphine on lung cancer patients?

What are the effects of large quantities of morphine on lung cancer patients?

Depends: If the patient is having pain, then often large amounts of morphine are needed to relive that pain. Sedation is possible but unlikely if the patient is still having pain. Itching and nausea are common at first but wear off. Constipation is universal and does not wear off. At very high doses sometimes toxicities such as muscle twitching can occur and may be a reason to switch to another pain med.

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My dad is now on a Morphine syringe pump and Fentynl 50 m patch how much longer is he likely to last? He is still can't move without acute pain

My dad is now on a Morphine syringe pump and Fentynl 50 m patch how much longer is he likely to last? He is still can't move without acute pain

Discuss w/ Dr: Even the doctors treating him may not now, but they'll be best able to predict. This may be a time to make decisions that will work best for the worst case scenario and be pleased w/ a better outcome. Sorry he's suffering!

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How come are pca morphine syringes made under aseptic conditions?

To keep bacteria out: Anything that will be entering your body should be as sterile as possible. Pca morphine stays hooked up to youfor several hours-days and so should definitely be kept aspetic.

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

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 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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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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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 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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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 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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What is the best way a cancer patient can gain weight?

Increase caloric int: Increased intake of calories is the only way to gain weight. Some foods are more rich in calories (dairy products and meat dishes) than others (pasta, grains etc). Calorie dense foods will help put on more weight. Taking a bed time snack in addition to the 3 regular meals a day will help to gain weight.

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How to know when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

How to know when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

Many ways: Very commonly organ failure will be a big clue - marrow failure, liver failure, respiratory failure, etcetera. Prior to any of these things setting in, it is very important to have end of life discussions and understand a person's wishes with regard to resuscitation, living will, healthcare surrogate, spiritual wishes, etc.

Syringe (Definition)

A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that can be pulled and pushed along inside a cylindrical tube allowing the syringe to take in and expel a liquid or gas through an orifice at the open end of the tube. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a needle for ...Read more


Morphine (Definition)

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting forumations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock ...Read more