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How Long Does A Cancer Patient Have Once A Morphine Syringe Driver Is Fitted
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
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". ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
For adrenal cancer patient on mitotane who has reached the threshold level, how long more to continue taking the pill?
See your oncologist: Interesting question that must be answered by your oncologist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Unfortunately nothing specific but notable decline in activity. Sometimes increase sleeping, unable to care for self. Increasing pain like symptoms. Extreme fatigue and weakness. Less communicative.
Of course laboratory assessment can be very telling with abnormalities noted in liver function and kidney function. ...Read more
Depends on you.: This probably depends on your situation with cancer. If it is curable, and treatment is successful, there likely won't be any. If it is involved, and treatment is complicated, loss and grief can happen at any time, depending on how you feel. Different people get affected by different things. Some are affected very little, and understand this is what they must do. Group therapy may help.. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends: As much as possible, most surgeons do not recommend complete mastectomy surgery for breast cancer unless there is no other surgical option. Lumpectomy or partial mastectomy can be done for some patients. Reasons for mastectomy may be large cancers, ulcerating cancer, inflammatory cancer, multiple sites of cancers, extensive dcis, cancer already metastatic. Ask your oncologist for opinion too. ...Read more
Yes and no: When mets develop and defined as a lesion in lung, liver etc it is a pure lesion composed of the cancer. Some nodues are metastatic lymph nodes where the node has been replaced to some degree by tumor. In other cases a nodule may be an associated inflammatory condition or a lesion replaced by fibrous tissue after a chem response. Bx is essential for determining diagnosis and significance. ...Read more
Fever is when the temperature above the normal range. Definition for fever is the same for everybody, it does not matter whether you have cancer or not.
However, when you are receiving chemotherapy, there would be a risk for you to be neutropenic/having low wbc. Thus, what I would tell my patients is to let me know if they have temperature 100.4 or above. ...Read more
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
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