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Are there any drugs which can slow progress or help prolong life expectancy when having palliative chemo ?

Are there any drugs which can slow progress or help prolong life expectancy when having palliative chemo
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Nothing for sure: The most important thing will be to maintain activity level good protein intake and an upbeat attitude. ...Read more

Palliative (Definition)

Palliative care is treatment focused on reducing the suffering of an individual rather than ...Read more


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My sister has stage 4 with mets in lymph nodes, bones and spine. She has had 2 strokes, is on blood thinners and palliative chemo. How long?

My sister has stage 4 with mets in lymph nodes, bones and spine. She has had 2 strokes, is on blood thinners and palliative chemo.  How long?

Human fortitude: It is amazing how the human body can survive through unthinkable challenges. The most important part of living with metastatic cancer is...living. Your sister and your family need support and a plan for her to live as comfortably and as well a life as possible, while making choices that are important to her, regarding her care, treatment and lifestyle. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of palliative chemotherapy?

What are the proven advantages of palliative chemotherapy?

Symptom control: Improve symptoms, trying to prevent cancer related complications, trying to prolong survival. Hope this helps. ...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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Does palliative care, when a person has pancreatic cancer, mean that chemo, radiation and clinical trials stop? No further treatment?

Does palliative care, when a person has pancreatic cancer, mean that chemo, radiation and clinical trials stop? No further treatment?

Your oncologist will: It is best to ask your doctor(Oncologist) about the treatment plan. Palliative care means use of symptom control measures. It does not mean stopping anticancer treatment. You are confusing this with Hospice Care . Hospice care means no more Cancer specific treatment, simply using comfort measures like we use in Palliative care. So there is clear cut difference between the meaning of these 2 terms. ...Read more

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Does a palliative care cancer decision by a doctor mean that chemotherapy will stop? What happens then?

No: There are many recommendations for palliative chemotherapy where the intention is to palliate and not to cure. Sometimes the overall condition of the patient does not allow for full chemo courses where the benefit may not outweigh the risk. ...Read more

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What is paliative chemo?

Extend/relieve: Mainly when chemotherapy is being recommended; it is for two purposes; either called curative when the goal is to achieve cure and then palliative; when the goal is mainly to improve quality of life by controlling the cancer in turn which is causing symptoms and hopefully to increase the period of time a person can live comfortably;. ...Read more

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Can i stop chemothapary (paliative maintainance chemo) l have no any more health problem after 15 cycle of chemo?

D/w oncologist: I do not think anybody can answer your question. It would beultimately up to you and your doctor whether you should continue or discontinue your palliative chemo. Discuss with your oncologist and tell your doctor if you want to have a break. Ideally, maintanance chemo is given as long as patient tolerates and as long as the cancer continues to repond to therapy. However, it is also your decision. ...Read more

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