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My dad is dying of cancer. What are the last stages ?

My dad is dying of cancer. What are the last stages ?

Probably general.: Towards the end, many different cancers probably have nonspecific symptoms, like fever, weakness, weight loss, muscle wasting, and pain. Painkillers, and other palliative measures should be taken. See your doctor for a more thorough description. ...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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Dad's dying from bile duct cancer&has reached stage where he's bed bound, not eating&has become confused.Worried he's suffering.How long can this last?

Dad's dying from bile duct cancer&has reached stage where he's bed bound, not eating&has become confused.Worried he's suffering.How long can this last?

Palliative care: I would recommend you to talk to his oncologist and ask for palliative care team/hospice care- to help him. Unfortunately , from your limited information, I do not expect this will last long. To make sure that he is not suffering etc- strongly consider hospice care. ...Read more

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My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now.This morning he found blood in his stool. is cancer back? his last scan 3 weeks ago was free

My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now.This morning he found blood in his stool. is cancer back? his last scan 3 weeks ago was free

I assume: that the scan was a bone scan/ There are a multitude of reasons for blood in stool!! I do not have enough information to add to these comments What kind of cancer does your Father have????????? Ask question again with more info! Dr Z ...Read more

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My dad have proetate cancer for five years my dr implanted gold seeds how long will they last he had six treatment of radation so far?

My dad have proetate cancer for five years my dr implanted gold seeds how long will they  last he had six treatment of radation so far?

Short time: Implanted radiation beads only have a defined time in which they work based on their half-life and how many seeds were implanted. They usually only work for a few millimeters - so your risk of radiation exposure as a family member is limited to none. The type of radiation used is important in predicting how long the "radiation" lasts. ...Read more

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My dad is 90. Was diagnosed with colon cancer last june. It was stage 3 and still localized. How long would he be able to live? He wants no treatment.

My dad is 90. Was diagnosed with colon cancer last june. It was stage 3 and still localized. How long would he be able to live? He wants no treatment.

Varies alot: I assume your father had the cancer removed surgically. If so, he might have been cured of colon cancer. At the age of 90, and depending on his overall health, chemotherapy would not likely add much to the chance of being cured. I would estimate that he has about a 50% chance of not having a recurrence of his colon cancer, and dying of other causes or "old age". ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed with bone cancer.He suffered severe pain his last days.He just passed away right after a radiation therapy can this be the cause?

My dad was diagnosed with bone cancer.He suffered severe pain his last days.He just passed away right after a radiation therapy can this be the cause?

Not likely: Unfortunately for patients whose cancer has spread to the bone, the outlook as far as survival is usually not good. Radiation therapy for this is usually to relieve pain but the result may not be seen for a week or two and the pain relief is usually very good. My condolences on your loss. ...Read more

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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all.  He did not do treatment.  Now it is in the brain.  How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist: Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. ...Read more

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Marble size lump in armpit ,aching and in left side of breast,noticed last August .My Dad ,2 Aunts 2 uncles died of cancer. I'm 50?

Marble size lump  in armpit ,aching  and in left  side of breast,noticed last August .My Dad ,2 Aunts 2 uncles died  of cancer. I'm 50?

Need more info: Are you 16 or 50? It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does my mom's brothers and their father's brothers and sisters and their children all dying from different cancers increase my risk?

Does my mom's brothers and their father's brothers and sisters and their children all dying from different cancers increase my risk?

Yes: When family members come down with different types of malignancies there might be a hereditary factor ie the BRACA gene for breast or a mutated APC gene for colon cancer that might be involved. Otherwise there is the question of whether there is a carcinogen present that family members may be exposed to. When MMTV virus causes breast Ca, husbands have a high incidence of prostate Ca from MMTV. ...Read more

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My father passed away last year because of 4th stage esophageal cancer. I am worried each time i experience pain or feel any lumps. Should i check?

My father passed away last year because of 4th stage esophageal cancer. I am worried each time i experience pain or feel any lumps. Should i check?

Esophageal: Cancer does not generally run in families. In the us, it is most commonly in the lower part of the esophagus and is associated with a precancerous condition called barrett's esophagus. You can reduce your risk by moderating alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking. If you have acid reflux, make sure it is treated. If symptoms of reflux persist you may need endoscopy. ...Read more

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My father takes chemotherapy for last 4months. Now he has lot of mucous.. And doctor said its chance for TB and also have chance for cancer spread?

My father takes chemotherapy for last 4months. Now he has lot of mucous.. And doctor said its chance for TB and also have chance for cancer spread?

WHAT IS THE QUESTION: Hat is your question.I will suggest you discuss with his physicians what exactly is the cause of his mucus and follow up on that.We can not cousel or advice as to what his problem is. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe)?

What do you suggest if my dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe)?

Assess options: If symptomatic, consider radiation to the areas of disease causing the symptoms. Chemotherapy can be considered, if agents available. Surgery can be done for palliation but typically is not used. A lot depends on how well your father is doing now with these treatments, as well as the extent of the cancer in the body. I am sorry to hear that your father has to deal with this cancer. ...Read more

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My dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe). Anything that can be done for him?

My dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe). Anything that can be done for him?

More info: Prognosis is totally dependent on staging and cell type of cancer, your fathers underlying health and pulmonary reserves and treatments he has had already. May want to inquire from oncologist about new drugs Nivolumab and Afatinib that are showing some promise in extending life with lung cancer. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts all the time and i get full quickly. My father is dying with cancer, mother in hospital and I am a nurse. Is it just stress?

My stomach hurts all the time and i get full quickly. My father is dying with cancer, mother in hospital and I am a nurse. Is it just stress?

Don't assume: Stress likely affecting you but these symptoms could indicate something more serious such as an ulcer. Given your age >40 you should see your physician. An upper endoscopy/egd may be warranted. Certainly a history, exam and blood tests are warranted. A trial of acid blocker for 10-14 days is worthwhile but don't avoid an evaluation especially if symptoms persist, worsen or associated symptoms. ...Read more

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Dad has cancer please help?

Dad has cancer please help?

Don't despair: Can't say more without knowing the circumstances. What to do depends on the type and stage of cancer, his general health, his access to medical care, and other factors. Make sure he sees doctors with expertise in the field, preferably working as an interdisciplinary team. Be of support to him but respect his decision, after all he is an adult. Best to both. ...Read more

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What are chances that son will get cancer if dad had it?

What are chances that son will get cancer if dad had it?

Depends on the ca: Some cancers are hereditary, ie. Seen more frequently if it runs in the family, like breast ca, colon ca, some gyn ca, etc. Some really have no genetic component, and strike out of the blue, wheras others like lung ca have obvious causes (smoking!) discuss with your doctor if you have specific concerns about your family. ...Read more

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