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Signs Of Approaching Death In Cancer Patients
Varies . . .: I'm sorry that you have to ask this question b/c presumably you're about to lose someone close to you. Hopefully, hospice care has been engaged. Answer depends upon time frame, eg days to weeks to months. Check out https://www.caring.com/articles/signs-of-death & http://hospicefoundation.org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources/Coping-with-Terminal-Illness/Signs-of-Approaching-Death for 10 signs. ...Read more
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
CAD in women: Often women have the same symptoms as men, however, women can more frequently than men have atypical symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath or heart failure. This is because women develop heart disease at an older age and with other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. In women ther may be no early warning symptoms of heart disease. ...Read more
ACS 2013 data: Most frequent cancers in men: prostate followed by lung followed by colon/rectum. In women: breast > lung > colon/ rectum. Most common causes of cancer deaths in men: lung > prostate > colon/rectum. In women: lung > breast > colon/rectum. Don't use tobacco and live a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more
Not even close: Far more women die of cardiovascular disease then breast cancer. In the us, lung cancer is starting to kill more women than breast cancer - even though breast cancer is far more common. Fortunately, the majority of women can be cured of breast cancer - not the case for lung cancer. So if you smoke.... Remember the effects on your cardiovascular system and lungs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not in teens: Cervical cancer is not a disease of teenagers.Std is way more common that anything-if the teenager is sexually active.Obviously becoming sexually active at a young age-would be a risk factor for cervical ca-especially if the partner is+ for hpv.The risk will be higher if promiscuous and using alcohol and smoking.It takes time for abnormal cell to develop into cancer. Discuss further with your gyne. ...Read more
Multiple: Family history of lung cancer, history of smoking, 1. Asymptomatic 2. Persistent cough 3. Change in cough pattern 4. Shortness of breath. 5. Chest pain/shoulders 6. Whizzing. 7, Hoarseness 8. loss of weight. 9. Bone pain in multiple areas 10. Headaches ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?
Extreme rare: Ovarian cancer is so rare in teens that I hesitate to even say there are symptoms that are common to it, because it just never happens. If it did ever occur, symptoms would be similar to those of older women developing it. If you know of a teen having pelvic or abdominal symptoms of some sort, I would bet any amount of money it has a different cause than ovarian cancer and the should see doctor. ...Read more
Cancer and heart dis: For women 40-44, the leading causes of death are cancer, unintentional injuries, heart disease, suicide, and stroke. For women 45-49, they are: cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries, and stroke. It's interesting to think of how many of these premature deaths could be prevented - about half. A good resource on how to prevent disease by age is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could surgery of cancer (carcinoma right breast diagnoised as stage iii) result in reduction of life span?
Increase life span: I would recommend you to see an oncologist and discuss in detail about your options. surgical resection is necessary for your cancer. in many cases, chemotherapy prior to surgery would be recommended in stage 3 to shrink the tumor down and help with the surgery. chemo also can be given post surgery as well as radiation therapy. The treatment goal for stage 3 is to increase life span. ...Read more
Are primary brain tumors rare in women in their thirties? Overall, what are statistics and likelihood? Healthy, nonsmoker.
What are the early signs of Crohn's ? Ie. Those symptoms that will occur at 1st stage of the disease
Many early signs: Early signs include abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, joint pain and sometimes fever.Abdominal pain followed by diarrhea will usually occur after eating a meal. Fatigues is early sign, other findings include anal sores, fissures or cracks and skin tags. Sometimes misdaignosed, confused with other ailments. ...Read more
Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more
Unlikely: High iron is not in any common prognostic database for terminal cancer patients and even these are difficult to apply to an individual patient. High iron might has too many causes in cancer. More predictive is how active the person is, what the appetite is, malnutrition level, immunity level, organ function, and so on. Many, many, other items to factor. If not on hospice, get it and ask their md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend is a cancer patient who's kindey's have started producing creamy fluid, is this a sign of her body shutting down?
If a patient considered a high risk for cancer reaccurance and has symptoms tthat could be signs of cancer is a lowdose CT scan recomended?
CT, PET ; MRI: Each have their use. The low dose aspect is a focus for screening more than diagnostic tests. ...Read more
Is jaundice, nausea, lack of appetite are very bad signs for an advaced stage liver cancer patient ?
No!: We can't always cure cancer, but we can always treat pain. Cancer patients should never suffer from pain. We can block nerves that carry pain signals, use medications, and even implant spinal cord stimulators to control pain. Cancer patients die for many reasons, but not from pain. If you are suffering from cancer pain, ask your doctor for relief. And don't stop asking until you are comfortable! ...Read more
Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely. Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. ...Read more
Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early ...Before the end is near. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer: Love, compassion, tolerance, and most important empathic listening, being able to understand the unique experience of the person suffering without trying to fix or judge. Also helping the person live life despite cancer. Helping the person to participate in life as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Context is key: I'll let you find the "sick" / counterphobic jokes on your own. The greatness of the human spirit is shown, among other ways, in our ability to find a smile (not ridicule) even in the most difficult situations. Sandra miniere's "lighter side of cancer" is a model for staying brave, upbeat, and cherishing life. ...Read more
Cancer is internal: Many times with the cancers, there are no external stigmata. Also, many of the treatments are much better tolerated than previously. The chemotherapeutic agents are more specific and more targeted, thus many of the bad side effects are decreased. Thus, the old image of sickly, infirm , bedridden patients may be less prevalent. Obviously, this is on a case by case basis. ...Read more
Dr. House??: Dude. That is a fantasy program with very little grasp of reality (funny as it may be). Wrong website. Try imdb (internet movie database). They have a tv section and list each episode individually. ...Read more
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